With new attractions and a new location, the second annual “Wisconsin Ledge” American Viticultural Area celebration is planned from 2 to 6 p. m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Trout Springs Winery, 8150 River Rd. in the town of Morrison in southeast Brown County.
Staged adjacent to the vineyard from which Trout Springs Winery expects to harvest a bountiful crop of several varieties of grapes next month, the celebratory event is designed to call attention to the federally approved “Wisconsin Ledge” designation that can be used in the labeling and promotion of wines made from grapes grown in the vicinity of the Niagara Escarpment in east central Wisconsin.
For a per glass fee, attendees will be able to sample more than a dozen of the wines made by Steve and Andrea De-Baker at Trout Springs. Many of them have won major awards in national and international competition in recent years.
Free samples of cheeses will be provided by manufacturer BelGioioso of the Green Bay area and distributor Vern’s Cheese of Chilton. Pulled pork hoagies will be prepared by chef Sal Friedel.
Other scheduled activities will be tours at 3:30 and 5 p. m. of the winemaking and bottling facilties, the trout ponds, and the vineyard at the property, on-site open air painting by members of the Water’s Edge Artists, a display of sculptures made by Keith Carter and his friends, and flying demonstrations by members of the Northern Acres Air Show and Green Bay Model Airplane clubs.
A special event will be a “crowd-sourced” escarpment art project sponsored by the Coventry Glassworks & Gallery of Appleton and the Eden Stone corporation of Fond du Lac County. Attendees will be able to win items in a prize raffle. They will also receive a commemorative wine glass.
Information also will be available about the geography, geology and climate of the Niagara Escarpment area which was prepared mainly by Steve DeBaker over nearly seven years before being submitted to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to obtain the Wisconsin Ledge designation. A display on the natural resources in the town of Morrison and its “sense of place” is also planned.
Sponsors of the second annual event are the Trout Springs Winery, the Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership, the town of Morrison, 91.1 The Avenue FM radio station, and the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network, which will receive a portion of the proceeds.
More information about the event is available on the www.escarpmentnetwork.organd the lnrp.orgWeb sites.
The inaugural celebration of the Wisconsin Ledge approval was held in August 2012 at St. Martin Heritage Park in the town of Charlestown.