Garden Gate Gin and Dancehall Absinthe Blanche now available at Wisconsin stores and restaurants
Prairie du Sac, Wis. – Just in time for the warm weather season, Wollersheim Winery & Distillery has released two of their family-crafted spirits into the marketplace. Garden Gate Gin and Dancehall Absinthe Blanche have been available for purchase at Wollersheim’s distillery store, and they will now be sold in Wisconsin stores and restaurants as well.
Garden Gate Gin is a refreshing contemporary dry gin featuring lemongrass and lavender notes. Distilled from local wheat, it is 80 proof, 40% alcohol by volume, and it is most often served with tonic or in cocktails.
Dancehall Absinthe Blanche is an intensely herbal spirit with wormwood highlighting sweet anise and angelica. Local wheat spirits distilled with herbs, it is 108 proof, 54% alcohol by volume, and it is served traditionally with ice water.
Considered to be a leader in the Midwest wine industry, Wollersheim began distilling in 2010 and opened their new distillery in August, 2015. The Wollersheim property was first planted with grapevines in the 1840s, establishing the estate as a premier winery in the region.
Historical records also reveal a tradition of brandy making, beginning in the 1800s and ceasing with prohibition. Wollersheim has reestablished that tradition, now distilling grapes into brandy, and grains into other spirits. All fermenting and distilling are done onsite.
“The art of distillation is to capture the true spirit of the raw ingredients in liquid form,” said Wollersheim owner Philippe Coquard, “With our generations of tradition and experience at work, we practice this art in our stillhouse to ensure a fine spirit that is true to the essence of our quality ingredients.”
Gin and Absinthe are just the first of many spirits Wollersheim will release to the market. Next up this fall will be three brandies: Coquard Brandy #4, Wisconsin Apple Brandy, and a new brandy set for release at the distillery this June.
“Our spirits are made from locally-grown fruits, grains and botanicals,” said Wollersheim distiller Tom Lenerz. “We’re very proud and excited to share them with spirits enthusiasts all across Wisconsin.”
For more information, visit www.wollersheim.com.