Wisconsin is one of the country's largest agricultural states, but many people are still surprised to learn that some of its crops consist of wine grapes, particularly cold hardy varietals that are well-suited to the chilly Wisconsin winters. Wisconsin wines may not be as well-known as those from California, but they're every bit as delicious, and many of the state's wineries are located on beautiful acreages that are well worth a visit. The state is home to more than a hundred wineries, but here are the ones you shouldn't miss on your next trip to Wisconsin.
1.Baraboo Bluff Winery
© Baraboo Bluff Winery
Perched on a hill overlooking the charming town of Excelsior, Baraboo Bluff Winery offers an excellent selection of reds, whites, and rosés. Visitors can taste up to three wines free of charge, and tastings of all nine of the winery's wines are available for a small fee. There is limited seating inside the tasting room, but there is plenty of outdoor seating that provides the perfect opportunity to admire the stunning view of the nearby bluffs. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own food to enjoy outside on the grass, and picnic blankets are available for guest use free of charge.
E9120 Terrytown Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913, Phone: 608-393-0939
2.Botham Vineyards & Winery
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Proudly family owned and operated since it was established in 1989, Botham Vineyards & Winery produces authentic vine-to-bottle wines. All of the winery's red wines are made with grapes grown right on the estate, and the whites are made from grapes grown in the nearby Finger Lakes Region in New York. There are plenty of places on the property to relax with some snacks and a glass of wine, including a large outdoor terrace and two lounges, one of which is housed inside a beautiful refurbished barn that was built in the early 1900s. Tasting hours vary according to the season.
9798, 8180 Langberry Rd, Barneveld, WI 53507, Phone: 608-924-1412
3.Captain's Walk Winery
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Known for producing small-batch wines made with grapes from some of the country's best growing regions, Captain's Walk Winery is housed inside a beautiful pre-Civil War building in downtown Green Bay. Visitors are welcome to come in for a wine tasting any day of the week, and light snacks are available for purchase. Tours are offered twice a day every Saturday for a fee; guests will be given a choice between the winery's regular and select wine tastings as part of the tour. Private tours can be arranged by appointment, and the winery can also be booked for weddings and other special events.
345 S Adams St, Green Bay, WI 54301, Phone: 920-431-9255
4.Cedar Creek Winery
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Found inside a former woolen mill built in 1864, Cedar Creek Winery is an inviting family-run establishment. The winery produces traditional red and white wines as well as blush fruit wines, and all the grapes are either custom-grown or grown at the company's sister winery. Tours of the facilities are offered three times a day for a small fee; tours last approximately 45 minutes, and children under the age of 12 can accompany an adult for free. Wine tastings are offered free of charge all day long and at the end of every tour, and wine can also be purchased by the glass.
N70 W6340 Bridge Road Cedarburg, Wisconsin 53012, Phone: 262-377-8020
5.Door 44 Winery
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Named for its geographical location at 44° North Latitude, Door 44 Winery is one of two wineries owned by the husband and wife team that established the winery in 2005. The other winery, Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery, is where they grow many of the grapes used to produce the wine at both wineries. Additional grapes are sourced from other vineyards across Wisconsin and the Midwest as needed. Wine flights and wine by the glass are available for purchase, and the winery also offers tastings of their wines and ice wines, which include a souvenir wine glass to bring home.
Wisconsin 57, 4020 WI-42, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, Phone: 888-932-0044
6.Infinity Beverages Winery and Distillery
Offering a wide selection of canned and bottled wines, infused spirits, and other experimental alcoholic beverages, Infinity Beverages Winery and Distillery was born out of a desire to produce innovative, extraordinary drinks. Tour and tasting packages are offered on weekday evenings and throughout the day on weekends; the experience typically lasts between ninety minutes and two hours, and guests must book their tours at least two hours in advance. The winery's tasting lounge is open year-round, and the menu selection includes wine by the glass, specialty cocktails, and food pairing plates made with seasonal ingredients.
3460 Mall Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54701, Phone: 715-895-8020
7.Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery
© Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery
The sister business to Door 44 winery, Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery boasts a gorgeous ten-acre vineyard. All the grapes grown here are special cold climate varietals, and they produce wine with a unique Wisconsin flavor profile. Vineyard tours are held on Saturdays between May and October; tours include ten wine samples, and advance reservations are required. Private tours are available as well, but they must be booked at least one month in advance. The winery also offers a unique Wine School experience, a two-hour class that teaches guests how to better taste and understand their wine and how to pair it with food.
N2185 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Kewaunee, WI 54216, Phone: 920-388-4400
8.Pieper Porch Winery & Vineyard
© Pieper Porch Winery & Vineyard
Set on a beautiful eleven-acre property, the Pieper Porch Winery & Vineyard produces red and white wines as well as a large selection of fruit wines, including a refreshing lemon wine. Complimentary tastings are always available during open hours, and guests are welcome to bring their own food to enjoy on the winery's porch or at one of the picnic tables on the lawn. The winery is open for business on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between the beginning of May and the end of December, and its wine can also be purchased from several local businesses.
S67W28435 River Rd, Waukesha, WI 53189, Phone: 262-349-9092
9.Red Oak Winery
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A casual winery with a welcoming environment, Red Oak Winery makes its wine using traditional French and German techniques. In addition to red and white wines, it produces plenty of fruit wine and sweet dessert wines, including its signature Captain Nicks port wine. Most of the wines are made with local Wisconsin fruit, and some are made with fruit grown right on the estate. Tastings are held in the winery's beautiful barrel room, and lucky visitors will also get to experience live music along with their tasting. Hours of operation change according to the season, but the winery is open most weekends.
3017 Enterprise Parkway, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, Phone: 920-743-7729
10.River Bend Vineyard & Winery
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Started by a husband and wife team who turned their passion for wine-making into a successful business, River Bend Vineyard & Winery produces award-winning red, white, rose, dessert, and sparkling wines. All wines are produced, bottled, and labelled on-site. Visitors are welcome to stop by for a complimentary tasting on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and tours are available for groups of 10 or more people if booked in advance. A selection of cheeses, crackers, and chocolates are available for purchase, and the winery also sometimes hosts special events like live music, wood-fired pizza dinners, and treasure hunts.
10439 33rd Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729, Phone: 715-720-9463
11.Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery
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Nestled in the scenic hills of southwest Wisconsin, Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery makes more than twenty different varieties of wine, including wines made from fruit and honey as well as from grapes grown in its 16-acre vineyard. The winery produced its first bottle commercial wine in 1982, and since then, it has refined its techniques, improved its equipment, and produced plenty of award-winning wines. Wine tastings are offered free of charge every day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and groups of between 10 and 25 people can reserve the winery's deck for private parties. Snacks can be purchased from the gift shop.
16008 Pine Tree Rd, Highland, WI 53543, Phone: 608-929-7692
12.Staller Estate Winery
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Specializing in wines made from cold hardy grape varieties, Staller Estate Winery is only a 15-minute drive away from Lake Geneva. Complimentary wine tastings are available, and visitors can also purchase wine flights, some of which come with chocolate pairings. Meats, cheeses, and other light snacks are available for purchase as well, and tours of the vineyards and the wine-making facilities can usually be arranged. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated, especially for larger groups. The winery is open every day between June and August and Wednesday through Sunday during the rest of the year.
W8896 County Rd A, Delavan, WI 53115, Phone: 608-883-2100
13.Trout Springs Winery
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One of the most unique wineries in the state, Trout Springs Winery shares its property with a licensed trout hatchery and a "glamping" campground. The winery makes much of its wine using grapes from its own five-acre vineyard, but it also imports grapes from California to make wines that simply can't be made with Wisconsin grapes. It also produces a grape powder that is sold on its own as well as added to the winery's own cheese and chocolate products. Wine can be purchased by the bottle or by the glass, and tastings of seven different wines are available for a small fee.
8150 River Rd, Greenleaf, WI 54126, Phone: 920-864-7761
© Villa Bellezza
An award-winning vineyard and winery, Villa Bellezza is located in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, which has rolling hills and sandy soil perfect for growing grapes. The winery sources its grapes from its own two vineyards as well as from other vineyards in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, and the wines range from dry to sweet, ensuring there's something to suit every palate. The building that houses the tasting room was constructed around a former bank, and tours and tastings are available year-round. Visitors can also browse the gift shop, enjoy a meal at the winery's Italian restaurant, or simply stroll around the property.
1420 3rd St, Pepin, WI 54759, Phone: 715-442-2424
15.Vines & Rushes Winery
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Part of the Prellwitz family farm, Vines & Rushes Winery has a five-acre vineyard, a modern wine-making facility, and a charming tasting room built from salvaged barn wood. Both red and white grapes are grown on the property and used to make special estate wines, and the winery sources as many of the other grapes it uses from Wisconsin vineyards as well. The tasting room is open every day of the week, and special events like live music and wine pairing dinners often take place in the evenings. The winery also has a wood-fired pizza oven, which is fired up on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
410 County Rd E, Ripon, WI 54971, Phone: 920-748-3296
16.von Stiehl Winery
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Established in 1967, the von Stiehl Winery is the oldest licensed winery in Wisconsin. The building that houses the winery is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it boasts three underground wine cellars, a large terrace that overlooks Lake Michigan, and a 10,000-square-foot wine production facility. Tours of the building are offered every day between May and October and on Saturdays during the rest of the year, and tours can also be arranged by appointment. Guests can also order a glass of wine or one of the winery's excellent wine and chocolate or wine and cheese pairings to enjoy on the terrace.
115 Navarino St, Algoma, WI 54201, Phone: 920-487-5208
17.Wisconsin Winery Co-Op
Composed of a group of local winemakers, the Wisconsin Winery Co-Op was created to help Wisconsin artisans distribute their products to the public. More than twenty wineries across Wisconsin belong to the co-op, and visitors are encouraged to stop by as many of them as possible during their time in Wisconsin. Anyone who completes the entire co-op wine trail is eligible to receive two elegant inscribed wine glasses free of charge, and anyone who visits ten co-op wineries will be given a voucher that can be used to purchase wine from any co-op member. All visits must be recorded in the co-op's official logbook.
30940 Oak Ridge Drive, Muscoda, WI 53573, Phone: 630-527-7756
18.Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
© Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
Owned and operated by the same family that runs Cedar Creek Winery, Wollersheim Winery & Distillery is a National Historic Site. The first grapevines were planted on the property were planted in the 1840s, and although the property was later converted into a traditional farm, it began growing grapes again in 1972. The vineyard grows four types of grapes, which are used to make both wines and spirits. Both the winery and the distillery are open for tastings every day of the week; the winery also offers daily tours, and tours of the distillery are held on Saturdays.
7876 WI-188, Prairie Du Sac, WI 53578, Phone: 608-643-6515
19.Burr Oak Winery
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Boasting an excellent selection of award-winning wines, Burr Oak Winery has been owned and operated by the Kennedy family since it was first established in 1997. The winery produces sweet and dry red and white wines as well as ice wine and fruit wines, and wine can be purchased by the glass, by the bottle, or by the case. Customers who purchase a case of wine are given complimentary membership to the winery's Wine Club, which hosts an annual evening with dinner, live entertainment, and the opportunity to be the first customers to sample the winery's newest creations.
N5873 US Hwy 12 And 16, New Lisbon, WI 53950, Phone: 608-562-5271
20.Fisher King Winery
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Dedicated to producing small-batch artisan wine, Fisher King Winery carefully handcrafts its wines using only locally and regionally grown grapes. The fruit is harvested and processed by hand, and all wines are fermented in the winery's on-site production cellar, which can be viewed through a set of large windows in the tasting room. Wine tastings are available for a fee, and visitors are welcome to purchase a glass of their favorite wine and one of the winery's delicious charcuterie boards. The winery is also proud to regularly host special events, including wine and paint nights, live music evenings, and community tasting events.
1105 Laser Street, Verona, WI 53593, Phone: 608-497-1056
21.Kerrigan Brothers Winery
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Kerrigan Brothers Winery makes traditional red and white wines as well as unique fruit wines and fortified wines. Highlights include an apple wine with mulling spices and brandy, a refreshing pineapple wine, and a raspberry wine blended with cream soda. Visitors can taste up to four wines free of charge, and extensive tastings of eight wines are offered for a small fee. Wine can also be purchased by the glass to enjoy outside on the beautiful patio. The on-site gift shop features a huge selection of wine-related gifts and souvenirs, and the staff are happy to make up customized gift baskets.
N2797 WI-55, Kaukauna, WI 54130, Phone: 920-788-1423
22.Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery
Producing wines, ciders, and other apple products made with fruit grown right on their farm, Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery is a family-run business. The winery's hours of operation vary according to the season, but the owners are always happy to accommodate special visits outside of opening hours if arranged in advance. Tastings are always available when the winery is open, and although there are no set tour times, customized tours can easily be arranged. The winery also offers wine making classes and summertime paddleboat tours down the Mississippi River complete with cider, wine, and delicious food.
W12266 King Ln, Stockholm, WI 54769, Phone: 715-448-3502
22 Best Wisconsin Wineries
- Baraboo Bluff Winery, Photo: Baraboo Bluff Winery
- Botham Vineyards & Winery, Photo: Botham Vineyards & Winery
- Captain's Walk Winery, Photo: Captain's Walk Winery
- Cedar Creek Winery, Photo: Cedar Creek Winery
- Door 44 Winery, Photo: Igor Normann/stock.adobe.com
- Infinity Beverages Winery and Distillery, Photo: Rawf8/stock.adobe.com
- Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery, Photo: Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery
- Pieper Porch Winery & Vineyard, Photo: Pieper Porch Winery & Vineyard
- Red Oak Winery, Photo: Red Oak Winery
- River Bend Vineyard & Winery, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery, Photo: Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery
- Staller Estate Winery, Photo: Staller Estate Winery
- Trout Springs Winery, Photo: Trout Springs Winery
- Villa Bellezza, Photo: Villa Bellezza
- Vines & Rushes Winery, Photo: Vines & Rushes Winery
- von Stiehl Winery, Photo: von Stiehl Winery
- Wisconsin Winery Co-Op, Photo: PHB.cz/stock.adobe.com
- Wollersheim Winery & Distillery, Photo: Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
- Burr Oak Winery, Photo: Burr Oak Winery
- Fisher King Winery, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Kerrigan Brothers Winery, Photo: Kerrigan Brothers Winery
- Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery, Photo: anaumenko/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: stevengaertner/stock.adobe.com