Due to construction on the grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, the event has been relocated to Clare Hall, 3470 S. Illinois Avenue, St. Francis, WI 53235. Please park in the the back of the St. Francis de Sales Seminary or St. Thomas More High School. Clare Hall is located next to St. Ann's Center at the end of Morgan Avenue, a few blocks East of Kinnickinnic.
What is included in the Ticket Price?
Ticket price includes all samples of food, wine, beer, coffee, tea, sweets, and more. Parking is free. Tickets do not include wine pull, gift card pull, 50/50, or other games of chance.
What is the date and time of the event?
The event is held on the 4th Saturday in August from 3:30 - 7pm. Guests may arrive starting at 3:00 pm, but the tasting tents will not be opened until 3:30 pm.
Where are the proceeds going?
The event began in 2008 to renovate and rejuvenate the 100+ year old grape arbor. We are proud to say that full renovations have been completed as o the 2016 event. Beginning in 2017, the focused has moved to the construction of a new motherhouse for the senior Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. The current building is not equipped to handle the capacity or needs of the Sisters living there. The new convent is necessary. If you drive past the property, you will see the construction in process in the footprint of the former St. Mary's Academy, Cardinal Stritch University, and Marion Center of Non-Profits. For more information on the new building and to see a fly over of what the final building will look like, please visit http://spiritofstfrancis.org/
Where can I park for the event?
The event has been relocated to Clare Hall. Parking is available at the West end of St. Francis de Sales Seminary or Saint Thomas More High School. The event can be accessed by heading East on Morgan off KinnicKinnic Avenue, or heading South on New York Avenue off of East Oklahoma Avenue and then East on Morgan. Please watch for signs.
Are children or persons under 21 allowed to attend?
We do offer a Non-Alcoholic ticket option that can be used for a child or person under the age of 21, if needed. We do encourage you to enjoy this as an adult event, but we also understand some circumstances. Please note, there is not much geared toward children. You may see some of the committee members and volunteer's children at the event helping out in various capacities.
What is the expected dress?
Dress is summer casual, but nice. We ask that you be respectful of the Sisters and other guests. We request no ripped clothing or low cut attire.
Do you accept credit cards? Is there an ATM onsite?
We are able to accept Visa, MC, Discover and American Express. Unfortunately, we do not have an ATM onsite. The closest ATM is at PNC Bank on S. KinnicKinnic and St. Francis Avenue (across from Saint Thomas More High School) or Walgreens on the corner of S. KinnicKinnic and Oklahoma Avenue.
Is the event Handicap Accessible?
The buildings and grounds are handicap accessible. If you need closer parking, please email [email protected] and we will try to make accommodations for you. The event does take place on the front lawn, and while there are paved pathways, much of the event takes place on the grass. If you have a motorized wheelchair, we would suggest this over a traditional one for easier navigation.
May I bring my pet to the event?
Due to the close proximity of other people, and the type of event, we kindly as that you leave your pets at home.
What can I bring into the event?
You may bring in your purse or small bag to carry wine won at the wine pull, gift cards, or silent auction items. We ask that you do not bring in outside food or beverages, you will have your fill at the event.
How can I volunteer to help set up or work during the event?
We do have volunteer opportunities available. To see if we have an opportunities still available, please feel free to email Luanne C., our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]
How does my business become part of this event?
If you are interested in being a part of the event as a restaurant, coffee shop, bakery, caterer, brewery, winery, etc., please send an email to [email protected] or call Cori at 414-218-6515. Please note: This is not a vendor sales event, all vendors must provide a food or beverage sample.
How can I become a sponsor of the Wine & Vine?
We have different levels available as shown on the Home page. Woodman's Oak Creek has been our main sponsor since 2017, formerly it was Groppi's Food Market. We are extremely grateful to both for their support and dedication to make the Wine & Vine a continued success. For information on sponsorship levels and what is included with each, please email [email protected]
Can I reserve a private table at the event?
Private tables are reserved for Bourdeaux level sponsors of $1,500, which includes 12 tickets with the table. If you are SMA Alumnae year celebrating a anniversary year at the event, please contact Sr. Stella for consideration.
What is the Wine Pull? How much does it cost?
The Wine Pull is a game of change where you pay $10 to pull a wine cork that has a corresponding bottle of wine valued between $10 - $100. The wine is donated by Friends of the Vine and SMA Alumnae during their annual Wine War where former graduating class years battle to see who will donate the most that year.
What is the Gift Card Raffle? How much does it cost?
The Gift Card raffle is a game of change. Cost is $25.00. Pick a numbered item based on that year's theme and receive a gift card, or combination of gift cards, with a value of at least $25.00 and up to $200.00.
What is the 50/50 Raffle? How much does it cost?
The 50/50 raffle is a game of chance where you purchase raffle tickets, $5.00 for one or $20.00 for ten. The raffle tickets will be sold for a set period of time and the prize is 1/2 the monies collected during that particular time frame. We generally hold (2) two raffles during the event, one ticket color is pink and the other is white. Must be present to win. Winners will be announced during the event.
What is Destination Dining? How much does it cost?
Destination Dining is an elite grouping of restaurant gift cards that are generally worth between $300 - $600 total for a particular grouping (i.e. South Shore, Bay View, etc.) The grouping are in bid on in a silent auction format.