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New winery to debut near Westby in Wisconsin, US

DBR Staff Writer Published 30 April 2013

A new Branches Winery is set to open its doors at E6796 Old Line Road in between Coon Valley and Westby in Vernon County of Wisconsin on 10 May 2013.

The new winery, which belongs to The Wisconsin Winery Association, will have a tasting room, a grapevine room for conducting special events, a park-like setting for outdoor gatherings and an outdoor patio.

The winey owners Gene and Therese Bergholz will produce four wines that will be made from the Bergholzes' grapes and a cranberry wine that will be made from local cranberries, reported LaCrosseTribune.com.

The wines include Explorer, a velvety red wine made with Marquette grapes; Coulee Crisp, an off-dry white wine made with La Crescent grapes; Vine Dance, a sweet white wine made with Edelweiss grapes; Flying Geese, made with Frontenac Gris grapes; and Celebration Berry, made with Wisconsin cranberries.

The winery has about nine varieties of grapes grown in 12 acres of vineyards. Currently, they have 7,000 grapevines and plans to add 1,100 vines in 2013 and 1,100 in 2014.

Branches Winery filled its first lot of 2,500gal of wine in early April 2013 and plans to bottle another 4,000gal in 2014, which will include four new wines.

Gene was quoted by the website as saying that they will sell wines only at tasting room in 2013, before distributing at other establishments in 2014.