studio's winemaker doug jackson c.s.w.
and studio's musician
"I'm a Francophile when it comes to making wine. I prefer the French style & tradition. I choose to make wines that sing with complexity & elegance."
Doug was raised in the supper club business where he learned an appreciation for fine wines. He started his wine career selling for a major wine wholesaler to restaurants in the Geneva Lake area. He earned his C.S.W. degree certification by the American Society of Wine Educators. He studied enology at Missouri State & mentored with Steve Kennedy at Burr Oak Winery in New Lisbon, WI.
Doug has a very sensitive & nuanced palate. That, combined with knowledge of the wines of the world enables him to create wines with style and finesse.
When not making wine, Doug can usually be found working in his recording studio. Doug also plays some wicked keys at the winery the first Saturday of every month with his band "Hobie & the Leftovers".
Studio Winery started with a blue ribbon won with
a wild grape "ditch wine"entered in the
Wisconsin State Fair in 2007.
That one blue ribbon started the dream.
Working towards that dream, we started studying at the University of Missouri, and working for Burr Oak Winery in New Lisbon, WI. But where to put the winery?
We were living in the middle of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in LaGrange, WI. A beautiful area, but not good for growing grapes. So where to put the winery?
studio's artist kathy jackson
"I'm a serious artist that doesn't feel that art should be serious. Bright reds and yellows; circles, flowers, music; bold, bright & happy. These are the things that inspire my art."
Kathy’s entire career was in home decor design creating products for companies such as Kohl’s, Walmart, the NFL, McDonalds and Bed Bath & Beyond. Kathy took best of class in 2017 at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine competition for Studio's Musician Series of wine label designs. In 2014, she won a Silver Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition for the same series of labels.
In addition to all the paintings that adorn our tasting room, Kathy also makes all of our jewelry, our fused glass items, and guides our Corks & Canvas painting sessions.
Kathy will show you how to paint. Check it out here.
See and buy Kathy's artwork art here.
Nearby Lake Geneva didn't have a winery, so we started to look in that area.
Along came the Great Recession of 08 which enabled us to buy the building for our future winery.
It had been a machine shop for 50 years and was a bit dirty and run down. But it was perfect in every way.
It sat on an acre of land to put some grapes. It was on a main street. And it had a nice big apartment above for us to live in!
After an extensive rehab, we opened the winery doors in May of 2012.