SoLu Estate started far before the first grape seeds went into the ground. Originally, the land was acquired with other plans in mind. Owners TJ and Anne Sommer purchased the property as a part of The Highlands Sportsmen's Club back in 2000. Given its pristine terrain, The Highlands had the perfect soil for growing grapes, so a winery was a natural addition and dream come true for Anne and TJ.
Named after their two children, Sophie (“So”) and Luke (“Lu”), and some inspiration from TJ's love for dogs, SoLu Estate was born. SoLu Estate began growing grapes in 2003, though the winery didn’t officially open its doors until 2016. Thanks to a thoughtful business model (and some great wine), it’s quickly become one of the most visited venues in southeastern Wisconsin.
SoLu Estate has gained traction and attention both locally and nationally since its inception. Several wines and meads have received awards and the property itself has been featured across television series and magazine publications.
The goal has always been to create a comfortable and welcoming place where people can learn about wine and mead and share a glass or two with friends and family. SoLu Estate is proud to have already gained a solid reputation for delivering a memorable experience and award-winning wine and mead.
The secret is out—there is something special about this place we call SoLu Estate.