A guide to Wisconsin wineries, outstate edition
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We recently listed some fine wineries within an easy drive of Milwaukee. There are more in the state, slightly farther Beyond Milwaukee. Here are some that we've either visited or from which we've tasted wines:
86565 County Rd. J, Bayfield
The Bayfield Winery is located high on the hills overlooking the waters of Lake Superior. Scott and Renate Hauser specialize in making traditional hard ciders, meads and country wines from primarily locally grown fruits and honey.
2170 Clifford Rd., Tripoli
This winery is located in an area largely populated by people of Finnish descent. It produces 17 different wines. This writer's favorite and their best seller is White Merlot.
Chateau St. Croix Winery
1998A State Rd. 87
St. Croix Falls
(715) 483-2556 or (866) 654-WINE
Chateau St. Croix Winery is a delicious taste of Europe. The 55-acre estate features a carriage house, stables, vineyards, formal gardens, picnic areas and a fishing pond and is open to the public year-round. Wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Red Zinfandel, Frontenac, Wild River Rosé, Port, Symphony, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Chateau Rouge and Thoroughbred Red.
Hook Stone Winery
10588 N. Main St., Hayward
(715) 634-WINE (9463)
Hook Stone Winery bills itself as the location where "Napa meets the Northwoods." Hayward. Best sellers are Muskie Merlot, Vacationland Viognier and Walleye Blush with cranberries.
Munson Bridge Winery
W6462 Bridge Rd., Withee
The winery is located on the former Munson Farm in Clark County. The farm and home, built in 1914, are just down the road from the Munson Bridge that crosses the Black River. The winery specialized in wines made from local fruits, including elderberries and plums.
S 3457A Dahl Rd., Viroqua
Vernon Vineyards Winery overlooks the Bad Axe River in this writer's present home, scenic Vernon County of western Wisconsin. Vernon County boasts 32 vineyards with 68 acres of grapes, of which 10 acres surrounds the winery. Specializing in wines made from cold climate grapes, Vernon Vineyards offers premium wines with a selection of sweet to dry whites, blush, and semi-dry to dry reds.
30940 Oak Ridge Dr., Muscoda
Weggy Winery is one of this writer's favorites, in part because it is on the way during the somewhat frequent trips I make between Milwaukee and the Driftless Area. Featured red wines include Oak Ridge Red, Hilltop Red and Proprietor's Choice Oakey Red. All are made with grapes grown at the Oak Ridge Vineyard.
White Winter Winery
68323 A. Lea St., Iron River
(7l5) 372-5656 or (800) 697-2006
White Winter Winery is located in the beautiful northwoods near Iron River. Again, meads are one of their specialties and this writer's favorite.
Woodland Trail Winery
17153 Big Hill Rd., Lakewood
(715) 276-3668 or (800) 643-9520
Woodland Trail Winery is located in northern Oconto County in the Nicolet National Forest. Wines include Merlot, a favorite in the tasting room, and an oak-aged Chardonnay.
There are many other wineries around the state and you can find out more about them at http://www.wiswine.com.
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