Posted at: 06/27/2013 6:51 PM
Updated at: 06/27/2013 9:06 PM
By: Katie Eldred
Passport: Four Daughters Winery
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's been open for less than a year, but it's already earned some international recognition. In our first passport of the summer we took a trip to Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery.
From the land it sits on to its name, at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery it's all in the family.
"We set aside theses 11 acres of our farmland to bring our daughters home and get them into agriculture," said owner Vicky Vogt.
It worked the winery is operated by Vogt her husband and two of their four daughters.
"This was my vision, it wasn't slow it went fast," said Vogt.
But before they could have a winery they needed a wine maker. It just so happened the Vogt's son in law, Justin Osborne, was a perfect fit.
"I never even thought about making wine, it never crossed my mind, she just asked if I would want to and I thought maybe," said Justin Osborne.
Osborne took wine making classes and quickly developed the skills and tricks to turn the winery’s 6 acres of grapes into wine.
"We were thrilled that Justin has the palate that he does for wine, that was a pleasant surprise," said Vogt.
Justin's taste for wine wasn't the only surprise. The winery's kitchen has become much more than they imagined.
"We always wanted the food and wine experience, what we didn't plan on is acquiring such talented chefs," said Osborne.
The menu features pizzas, entrees like pan seared duck, and appetizers that include skillet roasted provolone and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus. All can be paired with 11 different wines to taste from.
Each wine takes tricks to get it to taste just right. For example Osborne uses egg whites to speed up the aging process.
"It's not really recipe based, it's more chemistry and learning what the final glass of wine looks like on a chemical level and then adjusting the grapes accordingly," said Osborne.
Osborne is obviously doing something right. Since it's opened, Four Daughters has won numerous awards for its wines. Their Marquette was the only gold medal winner from Minnesota at an "international competition".
"The awards are always a surprise, you think this will be our only one and then you win another award," said Vogt.
All from a small batch of grapes, on this local farm, with a family hoping to expand their palate.
"It's really exciting to see what it's become for us, everyday it's not work to me it's fun," said Vogt.
Four Daughters Winery and Vineyard is open every day of the week starting at 11 a.m. They also hold several special events each month including spa nights and live music.