We get asked all the time of unique places for weddings or events. People want to find a unique location, that is new and refreshing; not overplayed. To be honest, we try our best to recommend our favorite venues for events, but sometimes you just need somewhere that is perfect for you. That could be an air bnb, your favorite coffee shop, or a winery! Wineries are one of the most beautiful (and seriously unique) spaces that you could have your event or wedding at. Depending on the size or capacity of your event really helps determine what it is exactly that you’re looking for.

When we were in Wisconsin, we had the pleasure of visiting Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery. Starting a winery, nestled in the heart of beer country, in 2005 was considered to be a novel idea. Wisconsin has really always been relatively popular for beer, not wine and surely not for grape growing. Owners Steve and Maria, however, envisioned this area in Northeast Wisconsin as the next great wine region in the world. With courage they planted their grapes and built the winery. Over a decade later, their passion continues, as they discover the best grapes and wine styles from this wine region.

The geographical location of Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery (and Door 44) was the inspiration for the names.  Both wineries are situated on 44° North Latitude – which circles the globe, and is renowned as the world’s finest grape growing and wine making regions.  This latitude includes the great wine regions of Bordeaux, France and Tuscany, Italy. How interesting to know that they share many similarities with these regions such as seasonal growing climate, annual rainfall, and length of daylight. It is their inspiration to share this latitude with their counterparts, while celebrating their own unique tradition of growing grapes on the “Frozen Tundra” of Wisconsin.

Best news? You can order wine online!! We recommend giving their Ice Wine a try! The grapes that produce ice wine must be picked only after the grapes have frozen solid on the vine.  This usually requires repeated temperatures of 15 degrees or colder for several days. The grapes were then pressed while still frozen, extracting very concentrated sugars and acids, as all the water content of the grape is removed as frozen crystals.  What results is an intensely flavored wine that cannot be produced in any other way! We had such a blast visiting and touring their property and dreaming up ways we could host unique events at this beautiful space. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by for a tasting or order some of their delicious wine online.