Susan Danenberger's interest in wine making took shape in her Chicago-suburb home, and shortly thereafetr disaster struck the family farm in New Berlin. Ripping through a handful of trees and original farming structures, a tornado turned most of the farm to rubble. But buried under the disaster, Susan saw her opportunity to transform the farm into a family-first vineyard. Both Susan and her husband Doug saw the farm’s blank-slate condition as their shot to take Susan’s wine making to the next level. After Susan left her job in information technology, the couple relocated to New Berlin to tend to 3 acres of fertile land, perfectly suited for grape harvesting.
Approaching her wine making with art and science in mind, Susan begins each season with a vision to bring out her fruit’s best flavors. Through each step, from ripening to pruning, Susan continually searches for the unique flavor notes hiding in each fruit variety to help unveil the vineyard’s next best wine. From there, she’s able to build out a framework of palatable flavors while experimenting with the balance of each recipe. Sourced from 800 vines worth of grapes across six varieties, Danenberger Family Vineyard’s wine is truly a drinkable work of art. Donning an advanced palate for progressive flavors, Susan and Doug continue to develop Danenberger Family Vineyards into a worthwhile place to discover true Illinois artistry.