About the Weggy Winery
Wine sales and production for the Weggy Winery takes place in what used to be a 1935 dairy barn. The original wood structure has been removed, but the massive stone walls remain, covered by a new modern roof. On the interior, the ceiling has been sprayed with Icocine foam to create a cave-like atmosphere.
Our wines are carefully aged in modern stainless steel winery tanks. We pride ourselves on our careful attention to the quality of our wine products.
It took us three years to convert and equip the building with modern wine making technology. The most important process, the fermentation, has been carefully engineered to be performed without interruption. This ensures a quality product. We are sure that once you taste our wines, you will agree that it was worth the effort!
About our Vintner/Winemaker
Who would have guessed in 1992, when Owners & Proprietors Marion and Marlys Weglarz purchased 80 acres in Richland County, WI, that today it would be open to the public for tram tours of the 16-acre vineyard or for guests to harvest apples, peaches, Asian pears and cherries or that Weggy Winery would be open for wine sampling and the purchasing of bottled wines made from the very grapes grown on this land?
Only one person could envision this — Marion Weglarz...
As a little boy in Chicago, IL Marion knew he would end up working the land somehow, but didn't know where or when. He always had the desire to plant and see things grow; he was a horticulturist at heart from the beginning. As an adult Marion, looked for two years for that perfect place to grow grapes in an area that is NOT well known for that purpose. When he came across a former dairy farm in Richland Center, WI he believed he had found the place. He was initially drawn to the sloping hills and Southern exposure on top of the ridge which has become part of Oak Ridge Vineyard.
Marion and his wife Marlys started off small. The first years they planted 550 grapes vines by hand. They had no equipment, just the desire to be a part of something that had the potential of one day being a great attraction for travelers and the community of Richland Center, WI. The following years, Marion committed to planting up to three acres of grape vines a year. By July 2004, 16 acres of vines, offering over 30 varieties of grapes, are thriving.
The grapes grown in this region of Wisconsin grow differently from the Vinifera grape that grows in California and warmer climates. At Oak Ridge Vineyard the grapevines are either a French Hybrid and / or an Elmer Swenson Hybrid, both can withstand temperatures of 20 degrees below zero. The taste produced from the grapes grown on this land is amazing. Currently, Weggy Wine is sold at the Vineyard's winery and is available for sale and consumption in local restaurants and grocery stores.
Vineyard Visit & Tour
Our Vineyard is one of Wisconsin’s largest, 16 acres of planted vines, 11,000 vines. We have over 30 different cultivars planted and growing. Some of our grape cultivars were bred by Wisconsin’s own Elmer Swenson, self-taught, viticulturist. Varieties such as St. Croix, Edelweiss, St. Pepin, LaCrosse, Espirit and Kay Gray are used today by many wineries in the Upper Midwest (cold-hardy varieties).
PLAN TO VISIT AND TAKE A TOUR ON OUR TRAM!
OUTDOOR TOURS for 2016 are done for this season.
2017 Outdoor TOURS begin JUNE through OCT.
WE ARE OPEN FOR WINE-TASTINGS...see our hours...
Want to see how a winery produces all those delicious vintages? Weggy Winery conducts convenient outdoor tours to show our guests where and how or grape vines are grown! Our tours are both interesting and educational. The tram will take you back to the winery where you may want to sample our wine! Our tours can accommodate up to 24 passengers and are handicapped friendly with a wheelchair position on the tram. We do offer small tours for 2 or 3 people on our golf-cart. Same narrated tour as is our tram-tour. We require reservations, please call us at 608-647-6600.
As narrator, Marion will inform and show you our success in growing peaches, Asian pears, currants, blueberries, raspberries, sweet cherries and apples. Besides our 16 acres of grape-vines, we have 7 acres of orchard trees bearing luscious fruit. When our fruit is in season you will also be able to taste and purchase some of our home grown fruits. Enjoy this beautiful Vineyard nestled in the rolling hills of the Southwest Wisconsin countryside.
Our first evening tour of the summer will be:
SATURDAY, June 21TH at 6pm. See the Events page for more information and call to make a reservation!
CALL US to make reservations FOR THE TOUR - Tours run on Saturdays & Sundays at 11am and 2pm and summer Holidays beginning the first weekend in June through October, weather permitting. The tour lasts approximately one hour. The cost is $11.50 per person, children ten-years-of-age and under are free. Please call ahead for times and to make your reservation; 608-647-6600. Stay posted for info on our "new" Saturday-evening tour with outdoor tasting; coming this summer!