Just southwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, AEppelTreow Winery & Distillery is unique compared to the typical wineries you’re familiar with. AEppelTreow Winery specializes in cider, perry, and spirits. I’ve visited this winery once before (as I stumbled on it by happy accident), and decided to end my last “summer weekend” by giving it another visit with my father and (spoiler alert) picking up some wine.
AEppelTreow Winery planted its “roots” in 2001, whereas Brightonwoods Orchard has been going strong for 50 years. You can rest easy when visiting Brightonwoods Orchard as this ethical farm advocates for conservation and sustainable agriculture. Their uniqueness comes from their focus on creating delicious ciders and transforming them into wines, champagnes, and draft-style beverages.
The wines produced at AEppelTreow Winery are more appropriately named “fruit wines,” as they have varieties made from pears and apples. Their fruit wines and ciders are naturally sweetened, and truly no added sugar is necessary! As mentioned above, a “perry” is a cider, simply made from pears instead of apples. According to their website, their products “lean to the dry end,” though as a fan of sweeter wines and ciders, I happily found several that I enjoyed. (2nd Spoiler Alert: We got 4!)
Better yet, you can sample 5 of their wines/ciders (or swap one our for a spirit, if you so choose) for FREE. They also offer a cider flight or a spirit flight, each for $5. We chose the free sample option, as I prefer to mix and match the styles (minus the spirit as I’m not a fan of hard liquor). I chose a cider, a pear dessert wine, a sparkling perry, an apple wine, and a pear wine to taste.
A knowledgable wine tasting “host” will hand you a tasting sheet and thoroughly explain the Diamond Key located next to each of the drinks. They’ll walk you through which ones are sweet/dry, the alcohol percentage, sugar percentage, and the tartness of the fruit used before you pick your preferred five.
My personal favorite was their champagne-style Perry (pear cider). It was sweet with an exceptional amount of bubbles. Perfect for a fancy celebration or, if you’re me, even relaxing on the couch watching a movie. Do delicious wines and ciders really need to be saved for a special ocassion? I’d like to think not!
As mentioned before, you can try a taste of one of their liquors for the free tasting, as well. I’m not a huge fan of spirits; they’re much too strong for me. (So really, why waste even a taste on someone who wouldn’t appreciate it??) Though, we were told their Brown Dog Whiskey is quite popular.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, and I am by no means a wine expert… just a wine lover.