Did you know that Wisconsin is home to more than 80 wineries? While you might picture them in the summer when you can sit on their patios and sip away, there are quite a few that are open year round. Whether you’re checking out fall colors or using a sample as a winter warm up, you should plan a trip to some of these spots that are just as picture perfect and wonderful in the colder months.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery - Highland
These folks have been making wine since 1981 and produce 21 different varieties. In the southwest part of the state, this is a great option to enjoy some all-seasons sipping.
Located at 16008 Pine Tree Rd, Highland, WI 53543
2. Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery - Sturgeon Bay
This Door County spot is fun and beautiful no matter the time of year. A great place to while away a few hours or stock up on some wine to take back to your accommodations. Hours of operation: Memorial Day-October 10 am-5 pm daily. November to Memorial Day 11 am-4 pm daily. Located at 5896 Bochek Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.
3. Parallel 44 Winery - Kewaunee
This spot near Green Bay is focused on making wine that's all Wisconsin. From grape to glass, the whole process is local. They've also got a great ice wine. Hours of operation: January 1 to March 31 - Monday: 10 am to 5 pm, Friday & Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday: Noon to 4 pm. April 1 to December 31 - Monday - Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday: Noon - 5 pm. Closed onThanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Easter. Located at N2185 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Kewaunee, WI 54216.
4. White Winter Winery - Iron River
With a name like White Winter, you know they have to embrace the colder months. Take a break from your up north ice fishing, snowmobiling or just hanging out to head over here to sample and sip away.
Open Monday - Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am - 3 pm. Located at 68323 Lea St A, Iron River, WI 54847.
5. Burr Oak Winery - New Lisbon
These folks just celebrated 20 years of making great wines. Definitely plan a stop to try their delicious wines and see how the soil of this area produces some flavorful and delicious wines. Open every day from 11 am to 5 pm. Located at N5873 US Hwy 12 And 16, New Lisbon, WI 53950.
6. Staller Estate Winery - Delavan
Located near Lake Geneva, this is a perfect spot to spend a few hours warming up before heading back out to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Open 11 am - 6 pm daily June through August and Wednesday - Sunday 11 am to 6 pm September through May. Open Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Christmas Eve. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Located at W8896 County Rd A, Delavan, WI 53115.
7. Forgotten Fire Winery - Marinette
Marinette County is chock full of waterfalls that look totally different in the colder months. Why not plan a trip to see these beautiful spots and then a stop at Forgotten Fire to warm up afterwards? Winter hours are Sunday-Monday from 10 am to 3 pm, Tuesday-Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Located at N2393 Schacht Road, Marinette, WI 54143.
8. Falling Waters Winery - Crivitz
If you're a person who heads up north to just relax and get away from real life for a few days, a stop at Falling Waters should be on your radar. Chill here and sample the great wines and then take some home to keep the serene feeling going. Tasting Room Hours: January 1 to May 13 - Thursday - Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. May 14 to September 30 - Monday - Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday - Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. October 1 to December 31, Thursday - Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Located at 721 Dyer Street, Crivitz, WI 54114.
9. Rock N' Wool Winery - Poynette
Okay, how cozy and inviting does this balcony look? There's plenty of spots to settle in with friends to relax a bit and enjoy the wine.
Located at W7817 Drake Rd, Poynette, WI 53955.
10. Elmaro Vineyard - Trempealeau
The Great River Road is interesting in every season and if you are heading out to check out the bald eagles, make a plan to also stop here and stock up.
Located at N14756 Delaney Rd, Trempealeau, WI 54661.
11. Wollersheim Winery - Prairie de Sac
Not only is this winery stunning, but it's an easy drive from Madison and they've recently added a distillery to their repertoire. It's also a great time to check out their ice wine.
Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, year round. Located at 7876 WI-188, Sauk City, WI 53583.