Wisconsin wineries guide
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Thanks to our climate, it's unlikely Wisconsin will ever become a wine lover's destination, although with Bordeaux winemakers buying up land in the south of England thanks to global warming, who knows! But that doesn't mean that some hearty Dairylanders aren't giving oenology the old college try.
While some, like Wollersheim and Spurgeon, use Wisconsin-grown grapes, they and others also rely on grapes grown in places like New York, Washington and California, too. Other winemakers here eschew the grape in favor of cherries, apples and other fruits.
Here are some of the wineries closest to Southeastern Wisconsin. For a complete list of winemakers in the other parts of the state, visit the Web site of the Wisconsin Winery Association (below).
1072 288th Ave., Burlington, (262) 878-5345
Opened in 2001 in a barn adjacent to the Brightonwoods Orchard near the Bong Rec Area, fruit wines are the specialty here, along with hard ciders.
Apple Barn Orchard & Winery
W6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, (262) 728-3266
There are no winery tours at Apple Barn – which makes a range of fruit wines – but there are free tastings from mid-June through mid-December and by appointment.
Captain's Walk Winery
345 S. Adams St., Green Bay, (920) 431-9255
Located in an antebellum house, Captain's Walk makes a wide variety of wine, from cab sauv to chardonnay to Merlot, Sangiovese, Marechal Foch and others. Cellar tours are not offered, but tastings are.
Cedar Creek Winery
N70 W6340 Bridge Rd., Cedarburg, (800) 827-8020
Cedar Creek has been located in an historic building in downtown Cedarburg since 1990 and its wines – including Syrah, Vidal, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon – have won numerous awards. It is owned by Wollersheim.
Kerrigan Brothers Winery
N2269 County N, Appleton, (920) 788-1423
Kerrigan, which makes fruit wines – including cherry, cranberry and apple – is open year round and offers free, daily tastings.
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