Wisconsin wineries guide
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6381 State Hwy 57, Greenleaf, (920) 532-4384
Founded in 1999, LedgeStone is situated at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment – hence the ledge – and its wines include Frontenac (and a gris version), Sabrevois, St. Pepin, Edelweiss, La Crescent and other hearty varieties, as well as Cab Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Contact them for tour information. Open year-round.
New Glarus Primrose Winery
500 1st St., New Glarus, (608) 527-5053
In a town known for its beer, Primrose makes grape and fruit wines from Wisconsin produce, including a rare rhubarb wine. There are no tours, but free tastings are offered all year long.
Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery
N2185 Sleepy Hollow Rd.,Kewaunee, (920) 362-1562
Located about 20 miles from Green Bay, Parallel 44 has nine acres in vines and produces Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Seyval, Gewurztraminer and other wines. Free guided tours are offered May 1 through Oct. 30. Tours are Friday, Saturday and Monday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.. 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. No Monday tours in May.
Pieper Porch Winery & Vineyard
S67W28435 River Rd., Waukesha, (262) 349-9092
Family owned and operated winery in Mukwonago, produces wines from varietals like Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel and Shiraz, and fruit wines including a lemon wine. Open Fridays-Sundays – and some holidays – May through December, 11 a.m. to 5, p.m.
Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery
16008 Pine Tree Rd., Highland, (800) 236-5555
The small, family-run Spurgeon has 16 acres of vineyard, although the tours spend most of the time in the winery itself, offering year round tours and tastings. Open daily 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Jan. 2-Dec. 23. Closed Thanksgiving and Easter. Nearly two-thirds of the grape wines are vinified from fruit grown in the adjacent vineyards.
Stone's Throw Winery
3382 County Rd., Baileys Harbor, (920) 839-9660
Owner Russell Turco vinifies Syrah, Sangiovese, Barbera, Zinfandel, Merlot and a host of other grapes. Tastings in a state-of-the-art facility and Vino! Vino! wine bar.
Trout Springs Winery
8150 River Rd., Greenleaf, (866) OUR-WINE
There's also a fish hatchery on the grounds here and you can tour for free, Wednesdays-Sundays (weekends only in January). Tastings include a complimentary wine glass and samples of Trout Springs' food products, too. They vinify grapes like Petite Syrah and Sangiovese as well as plums, peaches and cranberries.
1414 Vino Lane, Jefferson, (920) 674-9650
The Vetrano family began making wine in Sicily more than a century ago and now Bill and La Verne carry on that tradition in this winery near Sullivan. They make Concordia Rossa, Merlot and others, as well as fruit wines in the new, larger place in Jefferson. Tastings are offered all year long and are free but donations to Wisconsin Special Olympics are encouraged.
Von Stiehl Winery
115 Navarino St., Algoma, (800) 955-5208
One of the state's oldest wineries, Von Stiehl opens a window on early 20th century German Wisconsin and its wines have won more than a 100 medals. They vinify everything from Door County cherries to Cabernet to Riesling to Merlot. Open seven days a week. Tours – which are not free – are availabled May through October, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. One tour per week – Saturdays at 2 p.m. – November-April.
7876 State Rd. 188, Prairie du Sac, (608) 643-6515
Open since 1972, Wollersheim occupies a Civil War era vineyard and an amazing collection of historical buildings. The award-winning wines are make from grapes grown in Wisconsin, France and elsewhere. Wollersheim was named 2012 Winery of the Year at the San Diego International Wine Competition. The winery is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily and tours are offered every day of the year (except Christmas, Easter, New Year's Day and Thanksgiving) every hour.
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