We believe great wines begin in the vineyard. From careful site selection and specialized grape varieties, to intentional and sustainable cultivation of the land, caring for our vines is of the utmost importance.
We grow grapes and stone fruits carefully selected for our regional climate and soils. These varieties, coupled with the warm, sunny days and cool nights of northeast Nebraska, allow for the maturation of superior fruits that produce robust and intensely flavored wines. Read on to learn more about the grapes that create Nissen Family wines.
Brianna is a highly vigorous vine in our soils and produces a very soft fruity white wine. Its citrusy flavors and grape-fruity aromas make it one of our favorites.
Frontenac’s small, black berries on medium to large clusters create a deep garnet wine with pleasant black cherry to berry and plum aromas. It performs well in our soils and loves the heat unit we receive for optimum maturation. We offer Frontenac as a varietal wine.
Lacrosse is our most productive white wine grape. It is highly vigorous and makes a tight cluster of medium sized berries. Lacrosse creates a versatile fruit that lends itself to many different styles of wine. At Nissen Wine it is currently being used as the base in Roselyn’s Blush to create a soft semi-sweet wine.
St. Pepin is not self pollinating so it requires interplantings of another variety to produce fruit. For this reason it is not a common choice among growers, but we love it for its lite bodied, mellow, pallet pleasing qualities, and its peachy, apricot and honeysuckle aromas. It also makes a good base for a blended wine. St. Pepin is the base for Mystic.