By Danielle Papineau
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
Nothing shakes off the post-winter blues like the promise of summer and the revival of winery tasting and tour time.
Before planning your next girls' getaway, consider these four undiscovered wineries that promise to deliver a little something special. And, since no trip to a winery is complete without a fabulous meal to finish it off, we paired each one with a restaurant recommendation catered to the perfect women’s weekend.
The perfect winery for a ladies' weekend starts with a winery for women by women. The All Sisters’ Winery in Bayfield is owned and run by a mother-daughter duo and was created to embody the power and beauty of all different types of women. Women are encouraged to gather at this winery for wine tastings, gifts and a relaxing home atmosphere.
Feeling extra fancy? After a glass of wine (or two), head over to the Old Rittenhouse Inn's Landmark Restaurant for a five-course dinner dressed in your getaway best. This feast includes soup, salad, sorbet, choice of entrée and dessert. Or, for a lighter appetite, look to the restaurant’s two-course menu or à la carte options.
Located in the Waterpark Capital of the World is an undiscovered winery that will really wet your whistle. Fawn Creek Winery in Wisconsin Dells offers something for everyone with complimentary wine tastings, Wisconsin micro brews available for purchase, as well as a micro menu of snacks to nibble on during your samplings including olive trays, bread with dipping oils and cheese flights. Enjoy your tasty sips and treats on their spacious deck overlooking the countryside or take a stroll through their gift shop.
After an afternoon of simple relaxation and wine, head over to Kaminski Chop House at Chula Vista Resort to complete the evening with a great steak dinner. Kaminski’s serves their hand-cut, dry aged beef with (what else but!) the most well-chosen wines. These pairings and their exceptional service make a great last visit for this girls' getaway.
If your posse is looking for a one-stop shop, look no further than Weggy Winery in Muscoda for a day’s worth of fun. Weggy’s has the largest selection of Wisconsin-grown and produced wines in the state, with 30 to choose from.
Don’t forget to make a reservation for your group on Weggy's tram tour, which takes guests around the 80-acre property to see maturing grape vines and orchard trees. Depending on the time of your visit, fruit may be available for pick and purchase. Once the tram has disembarked, head over for a little souvenir shopping before your dinner at Honkers, a hotel and supper club.
Located on the scenic Wisconsin River, Honkers' American cuisine, ranging from barbeque to fried fish and pizza, is a must-try Wisconsin tradition.
Not your typical winery, this urban development features an art gallery, recording studio and small-batch, artisan-style wines made on site. Check out their live music on Saturdays, schedule your trip around one of their paint and wine classes, or just sit outside and enjoy the drinks by the glass and snacks.
For a great end to this trip, head to Sopra, an American bistro featuring a farm-to-table fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere. You'll find unique items, such as pot roast pasta, and seasonal ingredients on the menu. And don’t forget to top off the evening with a glass of wine from Sopra’s carefully selected list.
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