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Baraboo winery breaks ground

November 17, 2018

With site work already underway, Baraboo’s new winery ceremonially broke ground Wednesday.

Matt and Kristin Boegner are building Balanced Rock Winery — featuring a vineyard, bottling facility and banquet hall — on 22 acres they bought from the city off Walnut Street near Baraboo Country Club.

They gathered with local dignitaries and their design and building partners Wednesday to celebrate the start of construction. They hope to open next spring.

“We look forward to getting things up and running,” Matt Boegner said. “It’s been a long two years since we hatched this idea, so we’re excited to get started.”

The couple bought the land from the city for $165,000 earlier this year. They hope to attract Wisconsin Dells tourists, Devil’s Lake State Park visitors and wedding parties. The Boegners are winemakers with extensive hospitality management experience.

“We have a winery,” Mayor Mike Palm said happily. “What more can you say?”

Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bobbie Boettcher praised the couple for joining the organization. “It’s not just what the Chamber can do for you, it’s how you can become a part of the community,” she said.

“It’s a great addition to the community,” said Scott Truehl of Friede and Associates, the firm building the facility. “We’re thrilled to be part of it.”

Before the winery proposal, the city hadn’t received an offer since 2007 on the vacant 1065 Walnut St. property located next to Baraboo Awning.

“It’s been kind of a long journey,” Matt Boegner said. “The city has been great to us, and we’re really thankful that we’ve gotten the reception that we have.”

The winery may be joined by two breweries — Ringling Brewing Co. inside the Al. Ringling Mansion and Tumbled Rock Brewery inside the former Farm Kitchen restaurant — under development. Driftless Glen Distillery opened on the riverfront in 2015.

Boettcher said she’s eager to return once the winery is ready to open.

“We’re going to be back for the ribbon-cutting and hopefully the wine tasting,” she said. “I just can’t wish you enough luck as you both figuratively and literally put your roots in the ground in Baraboo.”

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