We’re very excited for the release of Campus Craft Wisconsin White, a new semi-dry white wine blend produced in collaboration with the UW-Madison Fermentation Sciences Program. Join us at the winery Friday, April 7, for complimentary tasting from 10 am-5 pm. UW-Madison Fermentation Sciences representatives will be doing a short presentation at 1 pm.

Campus Craft is a project of UW-Madison Fermentation Sciences Program, providing an opportunity for students to explore interests in viticulture, enology, and fermentation. The white blend is made of 100% Wisconsin-grown Frontenac Gris, St. Pepin, LaCrosse, Edelweiss, and LaCrescent grapes from our winery, Danzinger Vineyards, and West Madison Agricultural Research Station. It was produced and bottled here at Wollersheim.

During the winemaking process, students visited the winery several times:

  • To observe and help with harvest activities
  • To taste fermenting wines from the tank and talk about wine finishing, cold stabilization, and filtration
  • To talk about barrel aging, taste the UW Campus Craft Red in the barrel, and observe bottling

Wollersheim enologist Celine Lenerz, a UW-Madison alum herself, says the visits help students get a feel for the process, from start to finish.

“We want them to understand the agricultural aspect of making wine, and how seasonal winemaking is,” she explains. “It starts in the vineyard and is impacted by everything that happens during the season. We also want to show the tools we have as winemakers for guiding a wine fermentation, and how important tasting is – that the taste and experience you have drinking a wine can’t be measured by anything we have in the lab.”

Campus Craft will be available for sale at the winery store beginning April 7, and will also be available on the UW-Madison campus and at select stores later this spring. Proceeds from the sale of Campus Craft will go directly to the UW-Madison Fermentation Sciences program.