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Wisconsin Wine Tours – Part Two: The Fox Valley, Door County and Glacial Hills Region
Last Updated: 12/18/2013
In the last post of this series, we explored two of the five wine regions in Wisconsin: The Northwoods and Driftless Regions. Today, we move across the state to the remaining three regions with a little help from the Wineries of Wisconsin.
Fox Valley Region
Ranging from roughly Lake Winnebago to Green Bay, the Fox River Valley region offers a mix of neat dairy farms, waterscapes, signature attractions and, of course, intriguing wineries. The Trout Springs Winery in Greenleaf is the state’s only combination Trout Hatchery and winery. Tastings at this winery include samples of artisan chesses (locally made), homemade Italian Pesto, homemade chocolate and smoke salmon.
Part of the Fox River Valley Wine Trail, Kerrigan Brothers Winery in Freedom is all about local. They produce natural fruit wines from Wisconsin-grown cranberries, cherries, apples and more. You can pick up a personalized bottle of wine at the end of your visit…don’t forget a cheese carving to go with it from their gift shop.
Door County Region
The Door County Peninsula enchants visitors with 300 miles of shoreline, five state parks, artist colonies, eclectic shops, fishing villages and savory wines. Take for example Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery in Kewaunee. It’s located on the same line of latitude as Bordeaux, France and Tuscany, Italy…arguably the world’s finest wine regions. A state-of-the-art winery, you’ll cover over ten acres of vineyards on their tour. Offering traditional wines, Stone’s Throw Winery in Bailey’s Harbor is a great place to taste some Pinot Grigio, Zinfandel, or Cabernet Sauvignon. If you find yourself back at home and craving more, you can always order on their website.
Glacial Hills Region
Located in Southeastern Wisconsin, this region is known for its defining geographic features caused by glaciers moving through the state thousands of years ago. You’ll find rolling hills, amazing trails and both innovative and traditional wines.
Aeppeltreow Winery in Burlington revisits America’s forgotten cider heritage. As the name implies, they specializes in apple wines. Guests can sample wines and also get a cheese tasting on the first full weekend of every month. Aeppeltreow also has over 130 heirloom apple varieties and fresh-pressed cider for sale. Lewis Station Winery in Lake Mill is located inside a remodeled 1940s vintage gas station. As a mico-winery, they have a truly unique selection of wines. Some styles offered include kiwifruit, tropical fruit, grapefruit and strawberry. If you’re looking for something different to bring to your next dinner party, you can find it at Lewis Station.Wineries