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A Brief History of Wisconsin’s Oldest Winery

June 2nd, 2009 by

We make our home in Algoma, Wisconsin, on a little finger of land that juts out into Lake Michigan. This is a beautiful place to live, and we think that the beauty of the place has seeped into our wines. After all, we have been here a long time – Von Stiehl Winery is Wisconsin’s oldest winery. Okay, it is true that Wisconsin’s wine does not date back as far as European wines, or even California’s. This Algoma Wisconsin Winery was founded by Dr. Charles Stiehl in 1967, when he came up with the idea of turning Door County’s famous cherries into Door County Montmorency Cherry Wine. Thanks to the success of that wine, he was encouraged to expand; and over the years our Wisconsin winery has gained a reputation of making some of the finest wines in the state, “from robust Merlots to sweet Late Harvest Rieslings” (TravelWisconsin.com). We hope you will stop by and visit our winery by Lake Michigan. Taste an updated version of the cherry wine that started it all, and see how we’ve grown.


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