To make unfine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Otherwise, taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get a winery tour, wine tasting for two, and a bottle of wine (up to a $42 total value) at Weggy Winery in Muscoda. Approximately 55 miles west of Madison, the virtuoso vintners of Weggy Winery squeeze liquid gold from 30 varieties of grape, all of which are wooed from succulent vines on the rolling hills of the 80-acre country vineyard. Sample one of Weggy Winery's award-winning wines from the 2010 National Women's Wine Competition, including the gold-medal-winning Oak Ridge Red ($10/bottle), a semi-dry wine with subtle fruit tones made with blue-black foch grapes. Weggy Winery produces all of its vine-based nectar in a quaint, renovated dairy barn, which features original architecture as well as a tiny shop where you can foster a bottle of wine that, unlike a child, won't disappoint you as it ages. Venture deep into the estate's well-kept jungle on a tractor-pulled tram chariot for an approximately one-hour tour. Guests drink in the rustic beauty of the vineyard while a guide relates the vineyard's history, the magic behind winemaking, and how to summon Grapezilla. Weather permitting, each vineyard tour runs Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., from Memorial Day through the end of October.
This Groupon is not valid for tours on holidays, and reservations must be made in advance. Must be 21 years or older.
Just past the glowing sand bars of the Lower Wisconsin River Valley, 80 acres of fertile hillsides present the ideal spot for winemakers at Weggy Winery to produce their award-winning vintages. With 30 different labels, the wines range from a sweet apple-and-black-currant dessert wine to a dry, clean white traminette to a smooth, red sabrevois. The Oak Ridge red, made from Wisconsin foch grapes, recently took home a gold medal from a California wine competition and a handwritten letter from a Sheboygan-area grandma who’s convinced that bottle messages are the most efficient way to send mail.
Visitors can sample the estate-grown wine in the winery’s tasting room, a sun-drenched space overlooking the vineyard. During the summer, groups can tour the acreage in the back of a tractor-pulled tram during a one-hour guided excursion which highlights the property’s 16 acres, out of 24 total acres, of cherry, asian pear, and apple orchards, the property’s 11,000 grape vines, and the spot where aliens once stopped for a brief but memorable picnic.