Gallery: Wollersheim Winery harvests grapes for its finest red wine

Domaine Reserve uses grapes from the oldest vines, which are nearly 50 years old.

On a Saturday morning in September, a group of people woke up early to harvest Maréchal Foch grapes for Wollersheim Winery’s finest red wine, Domaine Reserve.

While there is a machine that will drive over most rows in the vineyard at the winery to harvest the grapes, the steepest slopes of grapes are still harvested by hand every year. Domaine Reserve, a full-bodied wine, uses grapes from the oldest vines, which are nearly 50 years old.

“Domaine Reserve is one of a kind. It is the best representation of what the Wollersheim estate can do,” owner and winemaker Phillippe Coquard says. “It would be difficult to find a wine as unique as Domaine Reserve. It’s one field, it’s one slope, a very specific Wisconsin terroir.”

Footer that says Subscribe with covers of Madison Magazine