Wine Festival on September 11 & 12

August 10th, 2015 by Brad Schmiling

Beware of Wine Bottles and Dancing Nuns at the Wet Whistle Wine Festival this year in Algoma!

Wine Bottles and Nuns at the Wet Whistle Wine FestivalThe wine festival is earlier than ever this year — perhaps the earliest it will ever be! Join us on September 11 & 12 for a grape stomping good time!

Here are a few tips:
*For a better time, bring a chair, costume, and lots of friends.
*Plan to eat food and drink water along with your wine.
*You may feel out of place if your party isn’t wearing matching shirts.T-shirts at the Wine Festival

*The brewery patio will be serving burgers Friday afternoon and Saturday night. Wine is now available in the tap room.
*It’s not the best setting for children.
*The nuns aren’t really nuns. The walking wine bottles aren’t full of wine… until the end of the day.

We all get along at the Wet Whistle Wine Festival*The Police uniforms aren’t costumes.

*Intoxicated wine bottles aren’t allowed outside the wine festival grounds without a police escort.
*The wine festival tasting tent is packed from 11 am to 4 pm so plan to sample early or late.
*It’s a great day for a free self-guided walking tour of the winery.

See more details here: Friday & Saturday.

Special Vintage Tasting Saturday at Wet Whistle Wine Festival
We are bringing back the special vintage wine tasting from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm in the production building. We’re still pretty small Vintage Tasting at Wet Whistle Wine Festivalbeans at von Stiehl so it’ll be just us owners along with our assistant winemaker Dave.
To participate in the event, we ask that you buy one of our crystal Riedel stemless glasses for $10. In that glass we will pour five samples of our special vintages. No reservations are needed. Just knock twice on the alley door on the west side of the production building!

4 thoughts on “Wine Festival on September 11 & 12

  1. Normajean Klemme

    Accessibility for the handicapped..parking restrooms..activities..tasting area..underground entertainment etc . . Honesty is best … thank you..nj

    1. vonstiehl

      Hi Normajean,
      The festival grounds are all on one level in a city park. I believe it is all to code, but don’t know that there is a handicap parking spot for the park. There are three banks within one block and I believe they have handicap parking. The festival grounds have always had a handicap accessible porta-potty.
      We added a new handicap ramp to the winery a few years ago so there is access, but it is a very busy day so please plan to deal with crowds. The self-guided tour goes into our tunnels – accessible – but you may need a helper to open the tunnel door as it is double hinged and heavy (installed in the 60s).
      Wine tasting is complimentary and on the grass in front of the winery in a tent. Vintage wine tasting in our production building is accessible via a ramp, but it is a forklift driveway so it’s a bit steep. If it is too steep for you please let us know and we’ll open up our press pad door for you.
      Please feel free to call me if you have any more questions or concerns at 920-487-5208 ext 101. We’d like to do our best to make your experience at our festival and winery the very best that it can be.
      Thank you,
      Brad

  2. Judy

    Thank you for hosting Wet Whistle ’15! This year’s wine fest was wonderful. Great wine and great music! The Groove Hogs! Incredible.

    Attendance seemed to be increased this year. A very good thing, however the festival area was very cramped this year. There wasn’t enough seating areas or places to set chairs. Cigar and cigarette smoke was overwhelming and inescapable in such close proximity. Personally, I have a lot of problems with my legs. I can’t stand more than 10 or 15 minutes. I also have asthma. It really is difficult for me to complain, but I so enjoy the wine festival and would love to be able to return. Please consider a larger gathering area for next year. The experience would be so much better; and certainly you would sell more wine if people could more easily reach the beverage tent.

    Again, thank you for hosting the wonderful wine festival.

    1. vonstiehl

      Hi Judy,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. The festival is run by the Algoma Main Street program, so I’ll pass along your suggestions to that committee. They are very good suggestions.
      Brad

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