Wollersheim Winery

Wollersheim Winery (HMWBQ)

Location: Sauk City, WI 53583 Dane County
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N 43° 17.343', W 89° 42.484'

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In the early 1840's, Hungarian immigrant Agoston Haraszthy acquired acreage on the Wisconsin River near present day Sauk Prairie. He started a brick yard, riverboat and ferry business and laid out the village now known as Sauk City. On the southern slopes he planted a vineyard. His European vines could not withstand the Wisconsin winters and in 1849 Haraszthy departed for California, later to become known as the "Father of California viticulture."

A fourth generation German winemaker, Peter Kehl, acquired Haraszthy's grape acreage in 1856 and planted vines that were more winter-tolerant. Kehl's impressive limestone home was erected in 1858; the winery was built during the Civil War. Son Jacob Kehl, continued the operation until 1899.

The slopes returned to their native condition and remained in limited farm use until 1972 when Robert and JoAnn Wollersheim purchased the property and restored it to a working family winery. The continuing success of the winery was enhanced in 1984 when Philippe Coquard arrived from the Beaujolais region of France and became winemaker. With a family background and knowledge of winemaking, Philippe along with his wife Julie, the oldest of the Wollersheim children, continue the legacy of making distinctive regional wine.

On the slopes of Sugarloaf Bluff, Wollersheim Winery carries on the tradition into future generations.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number44
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Dane County Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 3:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 280302 N 4796475
Decimal Degrees43.28905000, -89.70806667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 17.343', W 89° 42.484'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 17' 20.58" N, 89° 42' 29.04" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9356 Kehl Rd, Sauk City WI 53583, US
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