It may not be at the top of your list when it comes to great wine-tasting destinations, but Wisconsin is actually home to some pretty great wineries (and, of course, quite a few breweries as well). The first wine grapes in the state were planted in 1847 at the site of the modern-day Wollersheim Winery, a "must-visit" winery just outside of Madison.
Most Wisconsin wineries, understandably, focus on cold-hardy grape varietals, but they are also increasingly known for things like Rieslings as well. Fall is the perfect time to visit places like Wollersheim Winery and other wonderful Wisconsin wineries. Give yourselves a few days to thoroughly explore the state, and turn it into a getaway by combining it with a stay at one or more of our incredible Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts!
The Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association features member properties around the state, each of which offers unique and welcoming accommodations and a commitment to safe and welcoming travel. There's so much to love about the beautiful state of Wisconsin, and there's no one better positioned to show it to you than our extraordinary innkeepers. Book your wine tasting adventure with one of our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts today!
Enjoy a Tasting at Wollersheim Winery
Wollersheim Winery is located in the charming town of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, a scenic part of the state about 30 minutes northwest of Madison. Wollersheim Winery is also home to an incredible Distillery, both of which started operations in the 1840s. However, during prohibition, the winery & distillery stopped production and instead used the property as a dairy farm. ,
Winemaking at this historic property was revived in 1972 by the Wollersheim family and today is a leading winery in the Midwest. Wollersheim Winery has earned numerous awards and accolades over the years, including several double-gold awards. They were also honored as the Winery of the Year in 2012, and their Dry Riesling was chosen as the Wine of the Year in 2013 at the prestigious San Diego International Wine Competition. It's also registered as a National Historic Site.
Wollersheim Winery and Distillery offers tours and tastings at their historic property. Their guided walking tour of the winery is a 45-minute tour of the property, with delicious tastings along the way. You'll even have the opportunity to visit their underground limestone aging cellars. Wollersheim Winery and Distillery offers a seated wine and cocktail tasting paired with cheese and other snacks.
You can also round out the experience at Wollersheim Winery and Distillery by enjoying a meal in their delightful bistro. All of the food served here is made from scratch and sourced with local ingredients as much as possible. It's tough to beat sharing a delicious meal over a glass of wine or cocktail, surrounded by the stunning scenery found in this part of the state.
Visiting Wollersheim Winery and Distillery is an easy day trip from many of Wisconsin's nearby cities, including Madison and Baraboo. There are several Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts near Wollersheim Winery and some of the state's other top attractions.
Where to stay: Inn at Wawanissee Point and Ringling House Bed and Breakfast in Baraboo near Devil's Lake State Park; or The Buckingham Inn, Hotel Ruby Marie, The Livingston Inn, or The Speckled Hen Inn near Madison.
More Great Wisconsin Wineries to Visit This Fall
As great as Wollersheim Winery and Distillery is, it's just one of many great Wisconsin wineries worth visiting this fall. More than 80 Wisconsin wineries are spread around the state, giving our guests at Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts plenty of opportunities to sip and swirl their way through another beautiful Wisconsin fall.
Many of the best Wisconsin wineries also happen to be located in the south-central region of Wisconsin and just a short drive away from Wollersheim Winery. Here are 4 more great Wisconsin wineries nearby that are worth visiting this fall:
- Baraboo Bluff Winery, offering panoramic views of the Baraboo bluffs and a delicious wine tasting experience.
- Broken Bottle Winery, a sister winery of the Baraboo Bluff Winery, offering a rustic wine tasting experience in their new facility.
- Balanced Rock Winery in Baraboo focuses on cold-hardy grapes and offers tours and a delightful tasting experience in the modern facility.
- Cambridge Winery is an award-winning winery and event space near Madison. They even have a tasting room in downtown Madison!
Wherever you choose to enjoy wine, beer, or spirits, you'll have plenty of wonderful places to choose from in Wisconsin. If you're looking for more fun with craft beverages this fall, we've put together some of our favorite ways to explore the wineries, breweries, and craft beverages of Wisconsin - as well as where to stay when you visit them - here.
Of course, our innkeepers would be happy to offer you their own personalized recommendations as well! Local knowledge and exceptional service are just two of the incredible perks you'll enjoy when staying at a Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. Seek the unique this fall, and enjoy an extraordinary fall getaway! Find your perfect home away from home, and book your getaway today.