FROM COLOMBIA TO WISCONSIN… In 1937, Miguel Negret founded a winery in downtown Bogota, Colombia with a simple vision: offer great wines made from quality ingredients to the community he loved. 77 years later, his grandson Vincent is set to begin the latest chapter of this family story in the beautiful river front town of Hudson, WI. The Negret Wine Company story begins in Bogota Colombia, where in 1937 young merchant & entrepreneur Miguel Negret founded “Negret-Montes & Cia”, the first Negret family winery which specialized in Vermouth, Port and Moscatel wines. In 1952, Miguel retired and his sons Luis & Vicente continued the family business, renaming it “Bodegas de Champaña” and launching the first sparkling wine ever made in Colombia. The next 30 years were prosperous, with hundreds of thousands of bottles sold in the local market. In 1984, Vicente and his two sons Juan Pablo and Vincent Jr. opened a new winery called “Vinerias del Castillo”. It quickly rose in prominence and became the first local winery in Colombia’s history to be served on the country’s flagship airline, AVIANCA. Vincent Jr. used his studies in Enology at California State University, Fresno to introduce a number of innovations to their production facility, bringing the family’s winemaking process into the modern age. The 1990’s marked a period of extreme political turmoil in Colombia. The drug cartels dominated the market. The Negrets refused to give in to their repeated extortion attempts but the powerful cartels bought their main competitors and flooded the market with cheap wine. By 1994, Vinerias del Castillo was out of business. In 2000, Vincent Jr. left a dangerous Colombia for the United States, hoping to start over and create a better life for his family. After 14 years as a winemaker for several successful wineries across the Midwest, Vincent junior, along with his daughter Camila and his son Mateo, look forward to continuing the Negret family tradition with the opening of the Negret Wine Company in Hudson, WI. The Negret family is very grateful to our many friends whose help and support have made this beautiful project possible. Quality, Sustainability, Service, Tradition and Family – this is what we believe in. This is what guides us. This is the Negret Wine Company.
We satisfy the need of wine consumers in the Hudson, WI area and the Twin Cities to have a place to see and experience the making of high quality wines made locally. We offer light fare and appetizers in a premium downtown location in Hudson with beautiful views of the St. Croix River. Our building has an edgy industrial look, for which we are often complimented. We engage our customers and create a sense of community by involving them in parts of our production process, such as bottling and labeling our wines. Each of our wines has a unique story that is featured on the back label and features a part of our 77 year history or pays homage to the community that supports us. As brand awareness grows, we will introduce specialty limited edition wines and flagship wine blends for traditional distribution to areas that demand our products.
Red Dry Blend A fully dry red blend aged with toasted French and American oak, forming a full bodied, rich red wine with complex tannins and delicious flavors. Pair with steak, salmon, trout, Italian food, mild cheeses, breads, mushrooms, soups, nuts, and dried fruits. In fact,try it with dark chocolate and see what happens!
Red Wine Blend A young, red-fruit forward, moderate tannin red wine blend with delicious notes of wild berries and herbal spice. Perfect for a summer picnic or riverboat cruise!
Red Wine Blend A semi-dry red blend aged with American oak. This complex wine provides a perfect balance of fruit, tannin, and flavors. Pair it with red and white meats, seafood, greens, medium aged cheeses, breads, and charcuterie.
Red Wine Blend A red wine that is unbelievably soft and mildly sweet. Delicious red berry aromatics and flavors, all formed naturally from the grapes. Pair it with pizza, cheeseburgers, tacos, spicy food or anything else you would accompany with a soft drink.
White Wine Blend A dry but gentle white blend, expressing aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, apple, and pear with rich acidity and a round finish. Pair with fish, lobster, Italian pasta with white sauce, white meats, hard and sweet cheeses, breads, and fruit.
White Wine Blend An off-dry refreshing white wine blend with inviting tree fruit aromas, refreshing and gentle palate, and a smooth, pleasing finish. Perfect for a summer picnic or riverboat cruise!
Rose Wine Blend A refreshing, elegant, and dry rosé blend with a hint of berries, spice, and flowers, and a smooth, long-lasting finish. Perfect for a summer picnic or riverboat cruise!
White Wine Blend A semi dry white wine made from several grape varietals in an exotic blend, producing an attractive color, rich tropical aromas, and delicate yet complex flavors. Pair it with mild cheeses, breads, fruits, white meats, seafood – or enjoy it on its own.
White Wine Blend A semi-sweet white blend that offers intense aromas of flowers, citrus fruit, and wild honey with a soft and delicious finish. Pair it with aged cheeses, fresh fruits, breads, spicy food, and mild desserts.
Rose Wine Blend A blush color wine that is fruity and soft. It offers flavors of cotton candy, wild berries, plum, and pear with accents of tropical fruit. Pairs well with complex cheeses, spicy food and desserts – or is delicious on it own.