Vines & Rushes Winery is located on an established family farm in Ripon, Wisconsin. We currently grow four acres of grapes cold hardy enough to survive Wisconsin's winters. The grape varieties we grow consist primarily of Marquette, St Pepin and Petite Pearl.
Vines & Rushes Winery's owners, Ryan and Megan Prellwitz both grew up in Ripon, Wis. Ryan, on the farm that is now home to the vineyard and winery and Megan as a city girl in town. Ryan's parents, Chuck and Diane, operate Al n Rae Farms (named after Chuck's parents, Alice and Raymond) - a corn and soybean farm along with Prellwitz Produce, a strawberry farm consisting of 15 acres that has been in operation for 20 years.
The winery has been a family effort on both sides with Megan's father and grandfather, Jeff and Don Paulson handling the carpentry in the winery's tasting room. All of the flooring, trim, tasting bar and most of the furniture has been created from salvaged timber frame barn's that were sawn up with a sawmill purchased just for this purpose. The character provided by these old beams gives the tasting room a "sense of place" that fits right in with Wisconsin's rural landscape. Just as many hours of hard manual labor were required to form the timber frame barn into it's original structure, many hours have been required to mold these beams into their new purpose. Saved from the burn pile and with the touch of craftsmanship, beauty often lies just under the surface of an old barn beam.
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