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It might surprise you to learn that in the heartland of Wisconsin, a region known for beer, brats, and cheese, there are actually beautiful ribbons of “wine country” amongst the hills and bluffs. In fact, Europeans began cultivating grapes here over 140 years ago! Today, close to the year-round playground of Wisconsin Dells, you can visit several small, family-owned wineries that take advantage of the rolling hills, plentiful summer sunshine, and fertile Wisconsin soil to produce some truly delicious vintages. If you think wine is fine, make sure you take a drive into the country to visit these local gems; or, better yet, jump on a guided trolley tour and let them do the driving and navigating for you!
With complimentary wine tastings, a delicious selection of small plates and snacks, and a scenic deck with sweeping views of the rolling hills, Fawn Creek is a small family-owned Wisconsin Dells winery that focuses on classic table wines like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rieslings, and Pinot Grigio. They also offer a playful lineup of sweet and refreshing fruit wines like Just Peachy, Razz-Prairie (a hit at the state fair), Black Bear-y, and more. Enjoy a chilled wine or a crisp red while you listen to live music, then stock up on bottles and souvenirs in their gift shop. You can even sample a local microbrew or two.
Looking for things to do in wisconsin dells for adults? Just a short drive from the water parks, the beautiful panoramic vistas on the rolling Baraboo bluffs are the perfect spot for a picnic and a refreshing glass of wine at this quaint, family-run winery. Three indoor tasting bars with floor-to-ceiling windows pour up complimentary tastings of buttery Chardonnays, crisp Pinot Grigios, semi-sweet red and white table wines, and hearty Sangioveses, among many others. Or you can feel free to take your wine to one of the many scenic outdoor seating areas to enjoy the view of the bluffs.
This small batch winery prides itself on attention to detail and craftsmanship, and the result is a truly delicious fleet of traditional wines, ciders, and meads. Complimentary tastings are available, as are chilled bottles of wine for you to enjoy at home or on the patio or grounds (they don’t sell their wines anywhere else).
Boasting wines that have garnered regional and national acclaim, this winery occupies 27 picturesque acres overlooking the Wisconsin River on a national historic site. Open daily from 10am to 5pm, they offer complimentary tastings of their Double-Gold award winning wines like their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Domaine du Sac, and an entire roster of blushes, Rosés, and dessert wines. The charming three-story brick facility is also a distillery, churning out regional favorites like Apple Brandy, fruit flavored Eau de Vie, Gin, and Rye Whiskey.
All of these scenic wineries are an easy drive from your lodgings at Spring Brook for those looking for things to do in wisconsin dells for adults, though we highly recommend the trolley tours which provide transportation and local guides as well as a care-free scenic drive as you tour the beautiful Wisconsin countryside. That way, your biggest worry for the day will be deciding which wine (or case) will be your perfect souvenir of your memorable visit to Wisconsin’s delightful wine country.
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