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September 16, 2017 by

Von Stiehl Offers Vintage Tasting on September 16

 

We’d love for you to join us on September 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm in the bottling room of our production building at 104 Steele Street. You need not attend the wine festival in order to take part in this tasting, but as they say, “When in Rome…”

 

This list is offered once a year at the Wet Whistle Wine Fest in September. These wines are near and dear to us, so just our family pulls corks and pours them for guests. We love to see the reactions on tasters’ faces as they first try our 2012 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a bit of an abnormal tasting, set up on planks and barrels in our bottling room. Just the wine is fancy – the rest of it comes down to simple enjoyment of vintages that have enjoyed extra time relaxing within the winery walls.

 

We ask that you buy a Riedel stemless wine glass for $10. After that, we’ll pour five samples from the special vintage tasting list. No reservations are needed, but keep in mind that we will run out of certain offerings as the day goes on. It’s both a sad, and a happy time!

 

This year bottles are numbered so you’ll know if someone steals yours!

Summer Cuisine Concert with Blues Band – Howard & the Bluegills

August 19, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Bluegills – Blues Band

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

Blues Band

Come enjoy the music of Howard & the Bluegills as we wind down the summer and enjoy another amazing Summer Cuisine Concert of 2017. Howard and the Bluegills, a blues band based out of Manitowoc, will be live August 19th from 12:30-4:00pm. Nothing says relaxation better than a glass of wine and an afternoon of blues music on the lake shore.
The music is going to be great. Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

Von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our award-winning gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

Howard & the Bluegills, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Vintage Tasting At Wet Whistle Wine Fest

August 18, 2017 by Rayanne Racine

 

von Stiehl Offers Vintage Tasting on September 16

Tucked away in various places of our production and tasting room buildings are small lots of old vintages. There will be two to ten cases of our favorite varieties spread out and tucked under pallet racking that look out of place. Early September, the odd lots are gathered, we come to terms with how many bottles of each to sell, and we then come up with a Vintage Tasting List. This list is offered only once a year at the Wet Whistle Wine Fest.

Some of the wines offered at this event have a limited supply, so tears will be shed. Below is a sneak peek at a few of the wines featured at this year’s Vintage Tasting.

2015 Big Roast Red ~ This special bottling for our 2015 Meet the Makers Festival, now known as BrewVino Roast, is a blend of four different wines to create the perfect blend. A little spicy with a hint of oak, this blend creates the perfect wine for a barbecue. Only 16 bottles left!

2012 VS Barrel Select Cabernet ~ Every few years an outstanding vintage is allowed an extended time in oak. Three top-tier barrels from a lot of twelve were blended to create this one-time offering. This medium bodied, rich and elegant wine features fragrant aromas of black cherry, cassis and plum with flavors of currant and dark berries. It will only be available at special tastings, so this may be your only time to try it! 20 cases – New Release! 

2016 Apple Bounce ~ Intense aromas of fresh apple pie marry with smooth apple brandy overtones. It’s been aged in small American oak bourbon barrels for four months. 20.5% alcohol. Be careful! Unlimited ~ New Release!

We’d love for you to join us on September 16, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm in the bottling room of our production building at 104 Steele Street. You don’t have to attend the wine festival in order to take part in this tasting, but you are more than welcome to!

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Summer Cuisine Concert with Beaker Street

August 12, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Bluegills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

Beaker Street

Beaker Street will be live on stage August 12 from 1:30-5:00pm as part of our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series. Beaker Street’s music includes rock, blues and many popular hits from the past and present. Come join us after the Shanty Days parade. We will continue to celebrate the lake, the amazing Algoma weather and all things summer.
The music is going to be great. Add to Beaker Street a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a craft beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

Von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our award-winning gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

Music by Beaker Street, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful scenic shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Summer Cuisine Concert with the Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

August 5, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Bluegills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

Jazz Quartet

Join us for as we continue to celebrate our beautiful summer with the Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet in concert. Their name says it all. Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet will be live on stage August 5 from 12:30-4:00pm as part of our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series. Nothing says relaxation better than an afternoon of jazz music on the lake shore.
The music is going to be great.  Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our award-winning gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

Jazz music, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Summer Cuisine Concert with Two Souls

July 29, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 – Two Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Bluegills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

Door County Music

Join us July 29 from 12:30-4:00pm for some Door County music featuring Two Souls in concert. Three Souls will be live on stage as part of our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series.

Nothing says summer and relaxation better than outdoor Door County music.

The music is going to be great. Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

Von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our gourmet award-winning wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

Three Souls, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Summer Cuisine Concert Series with The Hits

July 22, 2017 by

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Bluegills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

The Hits

Join us as we continue to celebrate our beautiful summer with The Hits in concert. The Hits will be live on stage July 22 from 12:30-4:00pm as part of our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series. Nothing says summer and relaxation better than an outdoor concert.
The music by The Hits is going to be great. Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our award-winning gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

The Hits, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

Summer Cuisine Concert with the Annie Rose Band

July 8, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

July 8 – Annie Rose Band

July 15 – River City Six- featuring Zoomie

July 22 – The Hits

July 29 -Three Souls

Aug 5 – Kevin Crocker Jazz Quartet

Aug 12 – Beaker Street (1:30-5pm due to Shanty Days Parade)

Aug 19 – Howard and the Blue Gills

Aug 26 – 12 Volt

 

Annie Rose Band

What do you get when you combine a touch of Jazz, Blues, Gospel and a lot of Rock?  Nothing other than The Annie Rose Band!  Annie Rose is often referred to as “Green Bay’s best kept secret.”  She is returning to the von Stiehl stage to help us kick off our 2017 Summer Cuisine Concert Series on Saturday, July 8 from 12:30-4:00pm.
The music is going to be great.  Add to the music a cool Lake Michigan breeze, a beautiful riverside view, delicious gourmet cuisine from Skaliwags, a glass of your favorite von Stiehl wine or maybe even a beer from Ahnapee Brewery and then you have the recipe for the perfect lakeside summer afternoon.

von Stiehl Winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery, features a gorgeous outdoor terrace alongside the Ahnapee river with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The terrace has relaxed seating for approximately 200 guests. Bring along a friend or two. Once here you can enjoy an afternoon of great music, your favorite wine or beer, amazing food and join us as we continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

Arrive early to sample some of our gourmet wines in our Civil War era building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or even take a tour including a visit to our underground limestone tunnels and our 10,000 square foot production facility.

Annie Rose Band, Gourmet Wine, Ahnapee Beer and Skaliwags! All in one location along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Admission is free.

*Bands may be subject to change. Sorry, no carry-ins allowed, but wine, beer, food, water & soda will be available for purchase.

von Stiehl Winery Named in Top Vineyards All Around the Country by Travel + Leisure

June 15, 2017 by Brad Schmiling

Winery Reviews Help von Stiehl to be Listed in Travel + Leisure

Guests have been enjoying the experience in our little Algoma tasting room for a very long time. While we mostly think of ourselves as a small town winery close to Door County, it would appear that we are getting noticed much further away than the borders of Kewaunee County. While our wine ships interstate to the country’s corners, evidence of our actions are open to the world via winery reviews.

These digital reviews have become the primary place to learn the truths of a business. That means good or bad, everyone can read what anyone wants to post. This time around it’s a positive because Travel + Leisure dug into winery reviews all around the country. It’s no surprise that California came out on top given the density of wineries. However, we’re pretty excited to be on the list just below our West Coast friends.

How did this happen, you ask? Here are details taken from Travel + Leisure’s website:

“Yelp analyzed the reviews of vineyards throughout the country to determine which ones Americans like best. From the Sauvignon Blanc of the Napa Valley to the Rieslings of New York’s Finger Lakes, each area of the country has its own specialties.

To compile the list, Yelp looked at businesses in the wineries category, compared quantity and quality of reviews, and limited results to two per state to ensure geographic diversity.”

Winery Reviews

If you’re thinking, enough already, share the link! Here it is.

We got this far by receiving reviews from our wonderful customers. Here are some of our favorite Yelp reviews:

Wisconsin’s oldest and most delighted winery for sure! They have such a great array of wines to choose from that there is no way you can’t find one that you don’t like. The staff is astute, well kept and very timely in their service.

Free-tasting unless you go to the more expensive wines – your oak-aged wines, the cherry bounce which is borderline brandy, etc. The bottles of wine themselves are priced very reasonably as well.

I come back here bi-weekly in the summer. To stock up, bring friends to try new wines, or to just get out and enjoy the day. I would definitely recommend this stop to anyone who loves wine!   Annabella R.

We have been going to Von Stiehl for years and each year their wine gets better and better. The building itself is wonderful to visit as its gorgeous and historic. They have a varied wine selection, some good, some just okay but they have something for everyone. We are suckers for anything they Gamba age so we always buy a few bottles of whatever they have in stock! The Alexander Cabernet is another favorite.

It always a fun time to stop in and do a wine tasting. Jason B.

 

Read them all here.

Winery reviews like these are rewarding and we are humbled to be spoken of so nicely. We hope that you stop in this summer and enjoy your experience down the road less traveled that leads to Algoma!

Pinot Noir Returns

September 19, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Pinot Noir is back in stock!

Pinot Noir Label

Our timing can be impeccably poor, and we like it that way. In 1967, Doc Stiehl was ahead of his time with screw caps. The closure let in less oxygen, and was less prone to the natural bacteria that is commonly found in natural corks. Af­ter decades of hearing ’why don’t you use corks?’ we invested in a mono-block filler and converted entirely to corks. Guess what happened next? Screw-caps became the new thing! We’re not going back after putting in our 25 years of screw-caps. It’s the principle of the matter.

The same thing is happening with Pinot Noir. This lovely wine was our first dry red release. A 1998 vintage Oregon-sourced Pinot Noir was von Stiehl’s first foray into the dry red market. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot quickly fol­lowed. Many of our reds did (and still do) well, but Pinot flopped. It was an odd grape that garnered no interest so we discontinued it. Then Sideways premiered. You know, the 2004 movie that put Pinot Noir on the map. For a decade to follow everyone asked, “Do you have a Pinot Noir?” No, and now we’re not going to just because. Blame it on our German stubbornness. It’s the principle of the matter.

The buzz has worn down, and we are offering Pinot Noir another shot at standing on its own. We fermented eight barrels of 2015 Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir, and aged it eight months in medium toast French hybrid Oak. If you are one of the few die-hard customers that remembers the last Pinot Noir, we applaud your patience! We hope that it was worth the wait. It is available in our tasting room now for you to sample, or get it online. Just don’t ask us to bring back Robust Red.

You’ll see two other new reds this fall, Mourvèdre and Mal­bec, and in case you’re wondering, we do still use corks. With the exception of our reserve reds, they are 100% green syn­thetic corks (Select Bio Corks) that leave a zero carbon footprint. We’re sticking to that principle.

Vintage Tasting at Wet Whistle Wine Fest

August 16, 2016 by Brad Schmiling

Vintage Tasting

Von Stiehl Offers Vintage Tasting on September 17

Tucked away in various places of our production building and tasting room buildings are small lots of old vintages. You will only notice them on tour if you look closely to find pallets of mismatched wine boxes. There will be two to ten cases of our favorite varieties spread out, and tucked under pallet racking that look out of place. We like to hide these vintages in plain sight. When the beginning of September rolls around, we go on a wine hunt. The odd lots are gathered, then signs are made. Pricing is negotiated. Tears are shed. You get the idea.

When we come to terms with how many bottles of each vintage to sell, we then come up with a Vintage Tasting List. This list is offered once a year at the Wet Whistle Wine Fest in September. These wines are near and dear to us, so just our family pulls corks and pours them for guests. We love to see the reactions on tasters’ faces as they first try our 2006 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon. Another highlight is to pull and offer barrel samples of a special batch of Cherry Bounce. It’s a bit of an abnormal tasting, set up on planks and barrels in our bottling room. Just the wine is fancy – the rest of it comes down to simple enjoyment of vintages that have enjoyed extra time relaxing within the winery walls.

We’d love for you to join us on September 17, from 12:30 to 4 pm in the bottling room of our production building at 104 Steele Street. You need not attend the wine festival in order to take part in this tasting, but as they say, “When in Rome…”

We ask that you buy a Riedel stemless wine glass for $10. After that, we’ll pour five samples from the special vintage tasting list. No reservations are needed, but keep in mind that we will run out of certain offerings as the day goes on. It’s both a sad, and a happy time!

Gold Medal Wines

June 10, 2016 by

Gold Medal Wines

Four Gold Medal Wines Recognized at von Stiehl Winery

Wisconsin’s oldest winery just brought home to the peninsula four more gold medals; three from Tasters Guild International Wine Competition and one from the West Coast Wine Competition.

Tasters Guild Golds were awarded to von Stiehl’s Sangiovese Grosso, Late Harvest Riesling, and Apple Icing. These three wines have become accustomed to the color gold as they have collected many over the past few years.

The 2012 Sierra Foothills Sangiovese Grosso was also awarded a gold medal by the West Coast Wine Competition. It is produced from the vcr6 clone used to produce Italy’s renowned Brunello. Expect aromas of black cherry and red fruits in this wine, along with a subtle hint of sweet pipe tobacco and barrel spice.

In all, 18 medals were awarded to the winery by the Tasters Guild International, West Coast Wine Competition, and the International Eastern Wine Competition.

Tasters Guild International:

Sangiovese Grosso – Gold

Apple Icing – Gold

Late Harvest Riesling – Gold

Cherry Bounce – Silver

Oktoberfest – Silver

Petite Sirah – Silver

Brunello – Silver

Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver

Stony Creek Red – Silver

Sylvester (Marechal Foch) – Silver

Merlot – Silver

Chardonnay – Bronze

West Coast Wine Competition:

Sangiovese Grosso – Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver

Zinfandel – Bronze

International Eastern Wine Competition:

Stony Creek Red – Silver

Apple Icing – Silver

Cherry Bounce – Bronze

Visit the von Stiehl tasting room in Algoma to sample the gold medal wines along with the rest of the winners, or order online at vonStiehl.com.

Apple Cider

May 20, 2016 by

Apple Cider Label

It’s working! Our bubble making machine is actually working! The new bottling line is pumping out still AND sparkling wine in a glorious manner. The unexpected add-on of a bottle washer and dryer only makes the end product that much more enticing. Now it’s time to have some fun. Our first batch of apple cider, aka Apfel, will be passing through the machine on its way to our tasting bar in just a couple of weeks.

This isn’t watered down, cheaply-sweetened apple-flavored ale, like what the big beer companies have been marketing so successfully in the last few years. This is true apple cider fermented by a winery. The fruit comes from Hillside Apples, just twelve miles west of the winery. These are, in fact, the same apples that are blended for our Apple Icing.

Owning a winery in Wisconsin is both rewarding and heart-breaking. Most of our customers welcome our wine profiles ranging from Door County cherries to Sonoma reds. So often the judgement is laid down that Wisconsinites aren’t qualified to make wine; that only Californians and Europeans are recognized as quality producers. That’s the heart-wrenching part. Never mind the 49 years that we’ve been putting smiles on wine drinkers’ faces.

That opinion is completely absent when we talk about our Ahnapee Brewery Wisconsin beer since everyone knows Wisconsinites make great beer, even if their family hasn’t been doing it for generations. Suds are received with glee, and guests are open to trying all sorts of beers from light to dark. Never once have we been asked “What? they make beer in Wisconsin?”

There is one category that perfectly suits our Wisconsin winery, and that’s cider! True apple cider can only be made by a winery. Given our great relationship with Hillside Apples, we thought it time to try our hand at apple cider.

Our 2015 hard apple cider is created from five carefully selected varieties of Hillside Orchard’s apples. They are blended together to produce a crisp, smooth and refreshing hard cider with just a hint of sweetness.

Ask for a sample of our apple cider this summer when you visit!

Moscato for von Stiehl is Orange

February 26, 2016 by

Orange Muscat Wine Bottle

Sometimes Moscato is orange, but most of the time it is not. For von Stiehl, it is Orange Muscat, but it doesn’t have any oranges, and it isn’t Moscato. Follow?

Orange Muscat is a grape that you’ve probably never tasted. It is one of over 200 varieties of the Muscat, or Moscato, grape family that is best known in Italy. Orange Muscat is part of the family, but isn’t a Moscato. This small part of the family was popular in France at one time, and is now grown in the Veneto region of Italy. Fortunately for us, Orange Muscat is also grown in small amounts in California and Washington. This white grape exhibits Moscato characteristics with, you guessed it, a strong orange nose. Just to be sure that we are all on the same page, we do not add oranges or orange juice to the wine. Oranges are for breakfast… and possibly mimosas, when mixed with Titletown Wine (Sparkling Muscat).

Our Orange Muscat is sourced from Mendocino grape farmers. Now Mendocino is to Napa what Algoma is to Door County. Great quality without the price. A beautiful adventure without the hubbub. Lake breezes without the aroma of exhaust. A slower pace without the long lines.

Made from grapes grown in this laid-back and relaxed region, Orange Muscat is smooth and settled. Clear like your mind when you’re sitting on a warm beach. Sweet like the gratification of a hard day’s work at closing time. Here’s the winemaker’s version:

‘This rare and delicate Orange Muscat grape evokes aromas of peach, apricot, and orange blossoms. The flavors of tangelo and honey meld to produce a perfect accompaniment to cheesecake or peach cobbler á la mode. Residual Sugar 3.0% by weight.’

Just as White Zinfandel was the go-to semi-sweet and easy-to-drink wine of the 80s, wine drinkers are enjoying those virtues in Moscato today. While a limited amount was offered last year in a 500ml bottle, our Orange Muscat  has grown up in quantity and is now wearing a full-size 750ml glass casing. Enjoy it for $14.99.

Three New Wines

September 16, 2014 by

Come celebrate the release of three new wines this weekend in the von Stiehl tasting room!

As harvest approaches, we are opening up barrel space for new reds. That means bottling wine out of those barrels! What new wines will we have on the tasting guide this weekend, you ask? Find Petite Sirah, Stony Creek Red, and Barrel Aged Bounce on the Select Tasting list starting this Friday. Check out these three new wines:

Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah

2012 Clarksburg Petite Sirah: AGED 12 MONTHS IN AMERICAN OAK • TEN BARRELS PRODUCED

This vibrant, full-bodied wine resounds with deep layers of dark fruit flavors and tannins. On the palate the bright berries spiced with pepper and combined with hints of leather result in a rich mouth feel and satisfying finish.

While we have been producing Petite Sirah for many years, this is the first time that it will be under its own label. This wine is the magic ingredient that we use to blend into other reds to enhance their mouth feel and aroma. This variety is not as popular on the grocery store shelves since California wineries often save it to sell only in their tasting rooms. Come taste the first of our three new wines and tell us what you think!

Stony Creek Red

Stony Creek Red

2012 Estate Grown Marquette: WISCONSIN LEDGE AVA • AGED 12 MONTHS IN WISCONSIN OAK * FIVE BARRELS PRODUCED

The stunning ruby red color of this wine made of estate-grown grapes boasts dark cherry notes and hints of light oak on the palate. Aged in custom hybrid Wisconsin/French oak barrels for 12 months, this wine is sure to please even the most sophisticated red wine drinker.

We grow the Marquette grape in our Door County vineyard, where we have complete control of the vines. After many years of test batches and experimentation, we release what we believe to be a highly refined French-hybrid wine. The two-barrel lot will not last long, so come taste the second of our three new wines soon!

Cherry Bounce

Cherry Bounce Label

2011 Doc Stiehl’s Extra Aged Cherry Bounce: AGED 30 MONTHS IN FRENCH HYBRID OAK • ONE BARREL PRODUCED

This barrel has been left in warm summer and cold winter temperatures over the course of 30 months to expidite aging. A sweet and smooth concoction of cherry wine and cherry brandy. Intense aromas of fresh cherry pie for a truly exquisite dessert wine.

To produce Cherry Bounce, we begin with Door County Cherries grown by Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay. The wine is fermented with the entire cherry, including pits, skins, and stems. Then the cherry wine is distilled into cherry brandy by Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee. The Cherry brandy is infused into more cherry wine, and is then aged four months in American oak barrels. This version of Cherry Bounce was aged for thirty months in varying temperatures to create a much more intense experience. Come taste the third of our three new wines before it’s gone!

Ladies Festival

May 22, 2014 by Brad Schmiling

Ladiesfestcollage

If you don’t like change then you’ll be happy to know that this year’s Ladies’ Fest will be every bit as much fun as the last five. Shopping, massages, a Naughty Girl glass with two fills of wine, lunch and a chocolate truffle all for $35. Classic rock by Two Souls in the morning, then Men in Suits will return from 2 pm. to 6 pm with cover favorites and disco. Don’t worry, they keep their suits on. If you liked Ladies’ Fests of the past then come this year to relive the day one last time. Due to dwindling attendance, we’ll be making some tweaks to the 2015 festival according to your feedback. Please let us know what you like and don’t like about the structure of the event this year so that we can make it more attractive in future years. We’d like to do away with the $35 admission fee to grow the event and perhaps offer something at the tap room next door for beer lovers. Either way, mark your calendars for the June 20, 2015 mystery event!

 

Stiletto Stroll

You know how it’s all about who you know? A good friend owns a boutique in Green Bay called Nell’s that specializes in prosthetics and high end wigs to help women fighting cancer. It’s a confidential, classy, and established joint which is Medicaid-qualified. Stacey’s compassion for those suffering from cancer motivated her to get involved in the Northeast Wisconsin Ribbon of Hope campaign. We noticed that a number of Ribbon of Hope supporters were also involved as Ladies’ Fest vendors. After a few glasses of wine, the ideas were flying and the Stiletto Stroll was born. Last year it was known as the Strut, but a cease-and-desist letter from another organization quickly initiated a name-change to Stiletto Stroll.

Long story short, they want you and your heels at 10 am on the morning of Ladies’ Fest. The $10 entry fee goes to the good cause, while you go for a walk along the Algoma boardwalk in comfortable shoes. Save your stamina for the last few-tenths of a mile where you are welcome to strap on heels and cross the finish line in style. Is it a contest? Yes, but not a race. Contestants will be judged on attitude, style, costume, and most interesting shoes. Then there is an overall winner. Want that trophy? Just think outside the box. Here’s a picture of last year’s winner so you know what you are up against. The rest of the prizes are awarded in wine.

Gamba Barrel Tastings

July 3, 2013 by Brad Schmiling

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One of the Gamba barrel-aged wines awaiting your taste buds!

The Gamba Barrel

In the heart of Monferrato, France, the Gamba family has been handing down the ancient art of the master cooper from father to son for decades. Their unique wood aging and barrel building process takes considerable patience and capital, in keeping with the Gamba family tradition. White oak is sourced from the prestigious Allier Forest, then split to preserve continuous fibers through the entire length of each stave. The wood is then weathered in the microclimate of the French countryside for a full thirty-six months. This seasoning process polymerizes tannins and eliminates green phenolic components. Gamba Cooperage’s main objective is, as it has always been, to select the best wood so that the wines will have nothing but premium quality after aging. The treasured Gamba barrel ultimately leads to an incredibly soft, silky mouthfeel.

On the Wisconsin lakeshore just before the edge of Door County, the  produces red wines to age in the prestigious Gamba barrel. The three varieties offered this summer by the winery are Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Clarksburg Old Vine Merlot, and Sierra Foothills Zinfandel. Each varietal is offered from French hybrid barrels and Gamba barrels, giving guests an opportunity to do a side by side tasting. If these same wines were offered from a California winery, their value would easily reach to just below $100/bottle. The Algoma winery offers all for less then $50/bottle.

Guests will often comment that the Gamba barrel-aged reds are smoother, and have more fruit aromas. Come taste the difference at von Stiehl!

Ridges Sanctuary Hosts Door County Festival of Nature

April 29, 2013 by

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The Door County Festival of Nature is your opportunity to learn more about the wildflowers, geology, birds and insects of our peninsula. During field trips and hands-on programs, guides will walk you through some of the most pristine and unique natural areas in the county. Many of these areas are not typically open to the public and can only be accessed during this special event, taking place from May 23 -25, 2013. Conservation organizations in Door County will share ways in which they are working to preserve our rich natural heritage for the future. Along the way, you’ll have an opportunity to share your love of the natural world with other conservation-minded participants from all over the Midwest.

Spring is a great time to experience the natural wonder of Door County. Migrating warblers and other songbirds return to the peninsula and shorebirds gather on our lakes and bays. Wildflowers are opening out into the spring sunshine. Come join us!

Highlights of the Door County Festival of Nature

  • Canoe & Kayak Trips – Paddle the Peninsula!
  • Birding Hotspots
  • Wildflower Outings
  • Photography Workshops
  • NEW! Nature Trivia Night
  • NEW! Local Land & Lake Picnic featuring organic and locally sourced foods
  • Early morning birdwatching trips to local hotspots for waterfowl, warblers and more
  • Geology of the Door Peninsula
  • An old-fashioned Barn Dance / Social to wrap up the weekend’s activities

Register for Festival of Nature Events

Online registration is the fastest and easiest way to register for the Festival. You get up-to-date information on trips that are fully booked and reserve trips immediately. You can pay by credit card or print your registration form and mail it to The Ridges Sanctuary with payment by check or debit/credit card.

Visit von Stiehl While in Door County

Add one other item to your spring must-see list while on the Peninsula: von Stiehl. While there isn’t much wildlife at the winery, but we do have Ladies of the Vine, our wine club that you automatically become a member of when you purchase one case of wine per year. Come and take a tour of our beautiful facility in the charming waterfront town of Algoma!

Door County Wine Tour Weekend

April 21, 2013 by

Spring in Door County wine country is filled with blossoming orchards and vineyards regenerating after a long winter. With these buds and blossoms comes the excitement of a new crop and every farmer and vintner’s hope for a bountiful harvest.

On the weekend of May 17-19, the Door County Wine Trail Weekend will take place. Celebrate the spring by indulging in a wide array of individual events at seven local wineries including orchard and vineyard tours, cheese and chocolate pairings, live music and salsa dancing. Take part in a barrel tasting seminar or dinner show.

Maximize your wine trail weekend experience by picking up a wine trail brochure including our new passport program. Visit all seven wineries, collect a stamp at each and receive a limited edition wine trail logo embossed glass, while supplies last.

Door County Wine Trail Weekend Events

At von Stiehl: Barrel Tasting Saturday morning starting at 10:00 am

We will host a special Wine Futures and One-Of-A-Kind Barrel Tasting in conjunction with the Door County Wine Trail Weekend. Dave, one of our winemakers, will be on hand to pull samples from the barrels in our cellars for you to taste, forecast, and purchase at a discounted price. Be one of the first to try the Zinfandel, Brunello, and our estate barrel-aged Marechal Foch, an estate wine made entirely from grapes grown in our own Stony Creek vineyard. Enjoy the barrel tasting in von Stiehl’s 150 year old limestone tunnels starting at 10 a.m. Saturday May 18. $6 per person.

Murder Mystery Dinner Show at Door Peninsula Winery: Saturday night 7 – 10 p.m.

Styled like a winemaker dinner, Door Peninsula Winery welcomes the Dinner Detectives to Door County. Enjoy a four course dinner paired with select Door Peninsula wines while you solve a Murder Mystery. A truly unique tasting experience intermingled with the excitement & suspense of dinner theater. This event promises to be memorable – great wine, great food and great entertainment. Cost is $75 per person (plus tip) and will take place at Bistro 42, attached to the winery. Dinner starts promptly at 7 p.m. with mystery solved by 10 p.m. Follow this link to make your reservations. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Menu will be posted as it is finalized and paired with wines.

See the full event list on the Door County Wine Trail website.

Door County Spring Blossom Tour

March 16, 2013 by

Next month is when spring really begins in Door County. And how do we know this? Because the cherry blossoms appear – at last! All over the countryside and along the roadways, cherry blossoms leave their thin carpeting of white and pink petals. The trees become like giant cotton candy puffs and we remember what a warm breeze feels like on our faces.

A fun way to celebrate spring in Door County is via a trolley tour. The tours are run by Door County Trolley Inc. They pick you up in Sturgeon Bay around 9:30 a.m. and take you up the peninsula to the adorable community of Fish Creek, exploring orchards of blossoms and large expanses of wildflower fields along the way. There will be many great photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera!

While in Fish Creek, you will enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride! Lunch and two wine tastings are also included in the tour.

The tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays throughout April and May. Cost is $60. Visit the Door County Trolley website to purchase tickets.

von Stiehl’s Cherry Wines

We have a wide selection of wines created from the very cherries these blossoms hail! After your tour, stop by von Stiehl in Algoma to taste some of our Door County cherry wines. Here are some of our most popular:

  • Cherry Blush Wine: A smooth and appealing semi-dry white blushed with Montmorency cherries.
  • Cherry Kirsche: This fortified wine is the perfect marriage of brandy spirits and cherry wine.
  • Cherry Kirsche Oak-Aged: This fortified wine is the perfect marriage of brandy spirits and cherry wine, aged in American Oak for an extra smooth finish.

You can buy any of our wines from our website if you can’t make it to our winery.

Door County Winter Wonderland Trolley Tour

December 22, 2012 by

The Door County Trolley is a quaint and fun way to take a scenic tour of the Sturgeon Bay area. Right now, they are offering a special holiday tour called Winter Wonderland. Trolley guests tour and taste at a Door County winery (possibly the Orchard Country Winery, but speak with the Door County Trolley Tours for details), followed by a cozy sleigh ride through picturesque winter landscapes. Finish off the tour with a fireside lunch at the romantic English Inn. The Winter Wonderland tour is $60 plus tax, which includes your trolley ride, lunch and sleigh ride. The tour usually lasts 5 hours.

The Door County Trolley will pick you up at your Sturgeon Bay lodging between 9:30 and 10 a.m. or at Door County Coffee and Tea at 10 a.m. Call 920-868-1100 to reserve.

Dates:

  • Saturday – December 29, & 31 (Monday)
  • Saturday – January 5, 12, 19, & 26
  • Saturday – February 2, 9, 16, & 23
  • Saturday – March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

A Trip Advisor Review of the tour (from 1/9/10):

“The Winter Wonderland Trolley Tour was a blast. A.J.(our trolley guide) was fantastic!!! He had us laughing from the moment we stepped foot on the trolley and by the time we left him we were much more educated to historic Door County. We visited two different wineries, Simon Creek and Orchard. Both were very nice. The lunch at the Gull in was good but could have been better………..(the only thing that I would say could see improvement) The sleigh ride was neat and for a normally slow day in January my wife and I found ourselves also having a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for something to do in Door County during the winter months.”

We may not be on the tour, but we hope to see you in nearby Algoma for a tasting at our Wisconsin winery!

Door County Maritime Museum Pirate Exhibit

December 8, 2012 by

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Ever since Pirates of the Caribbean was released in 2003, with a kohl-eyed Johnny Deep playing the swarthy Jack Sparrow, there’s been a resurgence of interest in all things pirate.

This holiday season, take your family or your loved one for a fun and educational trip to the Sturgeon Bay Maritime Museum for the exhibit “Pirates – Ship to Shore.” The exhibit explores the life and times of the buccaneers that roamed the east coast of North America and the Caribbean Sea during the golden age of piracy. Visit the costume room to play pirate dress-up; explore the old port village of Nassau and walk the decks of the pirate ship Fortune. The bold can ready Fortune’s guns to fire. Take in fine art inspired by these scalawags by renowned artist Don Maitz, housed in the village’s small fort. You can even check out some genuine sunken treasure found in the assayer’s office. Maties, don’t miss it!

Visit the Maritime Museum this Winter

Exhibit curator Jon Paul Van Harpen provides an exhibit that the museum promises is better than the predecessor. “Pirates – Ship to Shore” closes January 31, 2012 after more than a seven month run! The exhibit includes an eye-popping backdrop that will take you back some 300 years to a seafront port in the Caribbean. The museum is always a great place to spend a cold, grey winter day – even more so if it makes you feel like you’re in the Caribbean!

Pirates Love Wine and So Should You!

Captain Jack Sparrow was never far from a bottle of rum or wine – and indeed, we recommend the same for you! A visit to the museum is even better with a stop at Wisconsin’s finest winery. We are about 20 minutes outside of Sturgeon Bay in Algoma. Come in before your trip to the museum for a tasting (always free) or on your way home to pick up some Wisconsin wine to serve with dinner.

Event at our Algoma Wisconsin Winery: Holiday Baskets

November 12, 2012 by

Don’t you love when someone gives you a gift basket? Those themed items – like wine and cheese, desserts, coffees and teas or even bath products – make the gift seem well-rounded. Here at von Stiehl, we think gift baskets are great for the holidays and we are having an event to celebrate. Christmas is coming and the von Stiehl elves want to help you put the most popular gift under the tree.

Build Your Own Holiday Basket

On Saturday December 1st from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., join us for a fun afternoon of wine drinking and gift making. Bring a basket and items to put inside, or use some of ours! This event is meant to be affordable for everyone, so the cost is $5/basket for supplies. Plus, every attendee receives a complementary glass of wine! If you want to bring items from the dollar store to stuff your basket, go for it! On the other hand, if you’d like to use red caviar and Godiva chocolate, that’s fine too. We will have a selection of retail items, like dried fruit mixes, wine, hard cheeses, breads, crackers and preserves to purchase for stuffing baskets.

We’ll help you assemble and arrange the perfect gift baskets for friends and relatives. No need to RSVP, just stop by our Algoma winery for some wine and fun! We will have all the supplies that give that extra-special touch to professional baskets: ribbons and cellophane wrapping, decorative stuffing and more.

Hope to see you there!

Christmas by the Bay in Sturgeon Bay

October 25, 2012 by

Halloween is next week and that means there’s no denying it: the holiday season is upon us. To help you get into the spirit of things, spend a fun day shopping and entertaining the kids at Christmas By the Bay in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Christmas by the Bay takes place the weekend of Friday, Nov 16th.

Kick off to the holiday season with the annual tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Sturgeon Bay on Friday evening. Entertainer Randi Fay will provide the music.

On Saturday morning, find a nice spot to watch the Santa parade at 10 a.m. After the parade, your family might enjoy special children’s activities and hay wagon rides. Lastly, don’t miss photos and brunch with Santa on Sunday morning, Nov. 18th.

Shops will be decked out for the season with holiday gifts galore and special extended hours. Don’t leave your shopping to the last minute this year!

Discover unique treasures in Sturgeon Bay’s charming specialty shops. Three distinct shopping districts offer a variety of home accents, fine art, holiday-themed gifts and decorative selections. There will be specials and deals all over town!

We would also suggest you consider one of our Christmas Wines as a gift for your friends and family. Our Christmas Blush is a smooth, semi-dry white wine blushed with Door County cherries, giving it a warm pink color. This vivacious wine can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Our Christmas Wine is slightly sweeter than the Dry Cherry. This semi-sweet wine made with Door County Montmorency cherries has a deep, rich cherry taste with a smooth lingering finish. Enjoy with sweet foods and delicate cheeses. Try making a reduction with this wine or add as part of a sauce recipe.

Sister Bay Fall Festival

September 25, 2012 by

The Sister Bay Fall Fest in Door County

This favorite Door County festival features a host of fun events in Sister Bay, WI. Fall Fest 2012 celebrates 67 years of amusing and convivial entertainment.

Roots of the Fall Festival

What began as a celebration and reward for workers from the tourism industry after a busy Door County summer season has evolved into one of the largest weekend celebrations on the peninsula! One of the Fall Fest’s oldest traditions is the Ping-Pong Ball Shoot. An impressive 10,000 Ping-Pong balls are released on Sunday afternoon, with a one in ten chance of winning a prize from a participating Sister Bay business!

Events at the Fall Fest 2012

A parade, arts & crafts fair, food booths, live entertainment, and children’s activities make Sister Bay the place to be for the weekend of October 15-17.

This is Door County, so you have to have a fish boil. A signature dish in this region, so it’s not-to-be-missed!

Expect games and entertainers for the kids. For the adults, last year’s event had a mechanical bull and bungee jumping. You can expect live music and more exciting activities for the Fall Festival 2012! This year’s schedule will be available at the beginning of October on the Sister Bay Advancement Association website.

One of the main events, the parade through downtown will take place on Bay Shore Drive at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast takes place in the morning, and a dog show benefiting the Humane Society will take place on Saturday as well.

Sister Bay Classic Car Show

Taking place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on W. Mill Road, the Classic Car Show is fun for collectors and observers alike! Display your car, truck, hot rod, muscle car, or classic car and help the Lions Club with their fundraiser. Visit the Sister Bay Car Show website to register your vehicle or view photos of past Car Shows. Register before October 10 and SAVE $5!

Fall Festival Ping Pong Ball Shoot

On Sunday, the big event is the Ping-Pong Ball Shoot. This must-see annual tradition features 10,000 ping pong balls launched into the crowd via airgun. There is a 1 in 10 chance of winning prizes offered by local businesses.

The Essential Detour: Wisconsin’s Oldest Winery

Stop at von Stiehl winery on the drive to/from Door County. Right now we are featuring our fall wines, in particular, our Oktoberfest, a blend of Vignoles, Gewurztraminer and Riesling grapes. Come by the tasting room to have a sip!

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