Folks don’t generally think of Wisconsin as “wine country” but we know there are tons of great vineyards and wineries all over our fair state. From the vines that grow in the unusual soil of the Niagara Escarpment to the ones that flourish along the Mississippi River Valley and everywhere in between, delicious, flavorful grapes (and other fruits) flourish around Wisconsin to make some very delicious wines.
On top of that, our wineries are actually kind of gorgeous. These are certainly not the only vineyards and wineries in Wisconsin, but here are some of the prettiest, tastiest places to spend a day or even host an event. In no particular order, here are the 13 Picture Perfect Wisconsin Wineries:
1. Wollersheim Winery - Prairie du Sac
Built into the hillside outside of Madison, this vineyard gets interesting flavors from the mineral composition of the soil. It's a gorgeous spot that's been used for growing fruit for years and well worth a day trip.
Open 10 am - 5 pm every day. Located at 7876 WI-188, Prairie Du Sac, WI 53578.
2. Whistlers Knoll - Hortonville
This unique vineyard grows grapes to sell to other wineries. They started as an event venue while their vines took root and when they were ready to start making their own wines, they found Wisconsin law wouldn't let them do both. So they've stuck hosting events at their gorgeous location and other folks get to make use of their grapes. Win-win! They have a 19th century barn and one of the owners is a Master Gardener. You'll fall in love with the beautiful views here.
Located at N2845 WI-15, Hortonville, WI 54944.
3. Chateau St. Croix Winery - St. Croix Falls
Created in the style of old European vineyards, this place feels like an escape tucked along the west side of the state.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday May-October and also on Mondays the rest of the year.
Located at 1998 Highway 87, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
4. Belle Vinez - River Falls
These folks have established a generational, family winery that's still young but steeped in tradition. The location is spectacular and on top of tasting their great wines, they offer appetizers and wood-fired pizza.
Only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check website for hours. Located at W10829 875th Ave, River Falls, WI 54022.
5. Ceder Creek Winery - Cedarburg
Situated in historic downtown Cedarburg in an 1860s woolen mill, this place is unique and easily accessible from Milwaukee. The stone building makes for great aging and Cedar Creek has been making wines for more than 40 years.
Open 10 am to 5 pm every day. Located at N70 W6340 Bridge Rd, Cedarburg, WI 53012.
6. Staller Estate Winery - Delavan
Staller looks to Wisconsin's farming roots and takes those lessons to heart at their vineyard. Using cold-hardy grapes, they make all their wine on site.
Closed Monday and Tuesday. Located at W8896 County Rd A, Delavan, WI 53115.
7. Pieper Porch Wines - Waukesha
With 11 acres that abut a marsh, the unique land here is peaceful and relaxing. Take a glass to the porch and soak in the atmosphere. Their lemon wine is one of the more unique made in Wisconsin.
Located at S67W28435 River Rd, Waukesha, WI 53189.
8. Burr Oak Winery - New Lisbon
The outside parts of this place are breathtaking, but make sure you venture inside to find their 19th century stained glass.
Open 11 am to 5 pm every day. Located at N5873 Hwy 12 & 16, New Lisbon, WI 53950.
9. Sinnipee Valley Vineyard and Winery - Cuba City
You'll get wine descriptions right from the owner and feel like you're hanging out with friends on their patio while sipping on some delicious wines.
Open 9 am to 8 pm every day but closed in the winter. Located at 4547 Timber Ln, Cuba City, WI 53807.
10. River Bend Winery - Chippewa Falls
One of the most popular places in town during nicer weather, River Bend has a beautiful facility and patio, but invite you to bring your own chairs or blankets for busy weekends. They bring in live music and a mobile wood-fired pizza oven to allow you to stay and enjoy the whole day.
Located at 10439 33rd Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.
11. Spurgeon Vineyards and Winery - Highland
On land that's been part of the family since the 1950s, these folks first planted just a handful of vines in 1977 and have been growing their vineyard ever since. Their hill-top location is great for growing grapes, but also makes it a wonderful place to hang out and relax while enjoying the literal fruits of their labor.
Open 10 am to 5 pm every day. Located at 16008 Pine Tree Rd, Highland, WI 53543.
12. Vernon Vineyard - Viroqua
In the 15 years since they started, this place has grown to 75 acres and has one of the best wedding locations in western Wisconsin. It's a stunning location in the Driftless area and you won't be sad you took the time to visit!
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Located at S3426 Peterson Lane and Highway Y, Viroqua, WI 54665.
13. Baraboo Bluff Winery - Baraboo
This gorgeous hillside location was just begging to be filled with grape vines and shared with visitors. Bring a blanket and soak in the unparalleled views of the valley. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Located at E9120 Terrytown Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913.
Have you spent time at any of these gorgeous locations? What is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!