In the very heart of Door County, Wisconsin – an entire peninsula of vacation resorts decorated in Beach, Country, and Scandinavian style – lies a unique winery that personifies the Futurustic Lifestyle called Stone’s Throw Winery.
Adding to the tourism that focuses on water sports and fish boils, cherries and apples, and natural landscapes, Door County has recently seen a rise in wineries to match the craft brewing craze of the rest of the state. Once known mostly for fruit wines – cherry and apple most common due to the orchards that sprawl across the peninsula – some wineries have established cold-hardy vineyards or ship in California grapes to craft wines that can match up with any other wine region. They advertise the fact that they are near the same parallel as the French growing regions, though Wisconsin is much cooler. Standing out among them in style and character is Stone’s Throw.
Stone’s Throw has not, and I have not heard of plans to, establish vineyards in Wisconsin, rather they ship in grapes from California and consider themselves a sort of California East sort of winery. They get their grapes from small lots of premium grapes from California’s finest growing regions: Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties which they night-pick (to keep them cool) and drive in refrigerated trucks and within 36 hours of harvest they crush and ferment the grapes. Per their web site they have: a commitment to traditional wine making practices: small tank fermentation, judicious use of oak barrels, attention to detail, plus the belief that with great grapes and minimal handling, fine wine is created. This forward thinking using modern techniques to harvest and transport the grapes then using traditional methods makes the wines themselves Futurustic, but what makes the winery truly an icon of Futurustic Lifestyle is the winery itself.
The building that houses the winery was designed and built for them. It is an old barn that has been renovated with modern amenities and a combination of modern and rustic features and materials including a prairie-style window and roof lines with aged wood siding. The overall effect retains the rustic feel of the grounds and building while updating with a look you might see in a big city. Old meets new in perfect harmony in a Futurustic design. The interior continues the modern and masculine style with plenty of wood and metal surfaces.
If you ever make it up to Door County I highly recommend checking out Stone’s Throw – the building and the wine are sure to kindle some appreciation for the Futurustic.