SoLu Estate Winery and Meadery is located on the grounds of the Highlands Sportsmen’s Club along the winding roads of the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive. This new and exciting winery includes a full tasting room with a retail area and an expansive outdoor patio area that seats 200 people. Although the winery is brand new, we have been working on the landscaping here for over fifteen years. It is a picturesque setting with acres of vineyards nestled among the woods, hills and ponds created by the glaciers thousands of years ago. This provides a beautiful backdrop for the “selfies” and group pictures that are taken on the patio.
We started planting grape vines about 12 years ago with the intention of creating a working winery when the time came. Well the vines are maturing and the crop of grapes has been increasing. The vineyards are now ready to yield enough grapes to sustain a fully functional and production oriented winery.
This year was our second full harvest season. Our Harvest Festival every weekend during September included several fun outings where over 100 of our friends came into the vineyards and joined us in picking and bringing in the grapes. For their efforts the pickers received two free bottles of wine and a custom Harvest Festival Tee-Shirt.
People love coming to the vineyards and participating in the wine making process. There is something special and serene about walking through the vineyards among the well-groomed rows of grapevines. It is also very satisfying to actually help gather the grapes that will be made into wonderful wines. Time spent in the vineyard is liking adding years to your life.
The Tasting Room is set up to provide you with a comfortable and pleasant tasting experience. We can accommodate up to 75 people inside our tasting room. Up to 30 can be served at the tasting bar at one time and nearby seating allows for up to an additional 45 in the retail area.
We typically serve our wines and meads in flights of 3 or 6. If you choose the pick 3 tasting you can add a souvenir SoLu Estate glass if you wish. For a wider selection ask for the pick 6. You can also have it with or without the souvenir glass. After you find your favorite you can order wine or mead by the glass as well.
The retail area has many wine related products including wine scented candles, local craft goods, souvenirs from Wisconsin and the Kettle Moraine, and Tee-shirts. All of our wines and meads are available for purchase as well. There is a wide selection of local specialty cheeses, fine deli meats, sausages and artisan crackers to enhance your tasting experience.
Since we make our meads from honey gathered from our bee hives here at SoLu Estate, we are very interested in honey. We have all types of honey based products as well. There are even raw honeycomb products here.
The covered front porch has seating for 25 under the roof. If the weather is nice enough there is open air outdoor seating, too. Our patio has seating for 200 guests overlooking the ponds and vineyards. It is a very special place. We have live music on an elevated stage at one end of the patio. There are few experiences more enjoyable than sitting out on the patio with your friends, having a glass of wine and listening to the live music.
There are so many choices at SoLu Estate. We serve gourmet wood fired pizzas and brusette on the patio when there is live music. These are simple and delicious. If you are looking for something more our Chef and culinary staff can also make a wide selection of appetizers to order.
We can book your visit with wine pairings including local artisan cheeses and specialty sausages. There is a terrific selection of horde devours you can order to match any occasion whether formal or casual.
After tasting some of our wines I invite you to take a tour of the production facility. During the warmer months we can take you into the surrounding vineyards, too. We will show you how we make the wines and meads from start to finish.
This a working winery. We process all the grapes from our vineyards right here on site. This is a very important distinction and we can legally claim a very special designation on our wines, “Estate Grown”. This is a rare distinction set aside in the wine industry for only a select few wines that qualify.
We are taking reservations for groups and filling our calendar with events. Please call in advance for your groups of 10 or more. We will accommodate groups up to 250 – 300 people. Your function can have indoor seating for up to 125 in the tasting room and the winery. Sit among the wine barrels and enjoy the winery ambience.
Events can include any variety of customized wine tastings as well as tours of the vineyards and winery. We also offer private barrel tastings to make your visit very special and intimate. We will do whatever it takes to make your event successful. We have the experienced staff to handle it all, large or small.