Wisconsin is home to many wineries offering fantastic varieties of wine made with locally grown fruit. A number of wine trails, including the Great River Road Wine Trail, the Fox River Valley Wine Trail and the Door County Wine Trail are each unique trips to Wisconsin wineries along some of the state’s most scenic countryside. For a great selection of Wisconsin wine tours where you can sip and swirl without traveling too far from the city limits, consider making your own route from this list of wineries that are just a short drive from Milwaukee.
Voted the best winery in the Milwaukee area, you won’t believe how close you are to the city once immersed in the serene, picturesque setting. Vineyard tours are available to both large and small groups. Complimentary tastings are available as you walk into the main bar as well as wine tasting flights perfect for pairing with different food items.
Cedar Creek Winery – Cedarburg
Located in the historic Cedar Creek settlement in downtown Cedarburg, the Cedar Creek Winery is one of America’s most noted small regional wineries, and the stone wine cellars of the 1860s limestone building are ideal for barrel aging the wines. Daily guided tours of the winery are available and include history of the building and winery as well as information about the art of winemaking. Tastings are available in their tasting room overlooking the beautiful Cedar Creek waterfall.
Pieper Porch Winery & Vineyard – Waukesha
This family-owned and operated winery is located on 11 beautiful acres of open woods. Open seasonally from May through December, stop in for a tasting or to enjoy a glass on their porch. They produce a wide variety of reds and whites—a number of which have won awards. Whatever fruity aromas you fancy, you are sure to find a new favorite here.
Water 2 Wine Custom Winery – Brookfield
What can best be described as a “wine experience,” Water 2 Wine is an operating winery that purchases grapes from vineyards all over the world and ferments them on-site. All of their wines are available for tasting—more than 100 wines from 13 countries. They also offer the opportunity for you to work with their knowledgeable team to make your own wine!
Lewis Station Winery – Lake Mills
Located in the heart of downtown Lake Mills, Lewis Station Winery is located in a 1940s remodeled vintage gas station. Their selection of sweet, dry and dessert wines offer something for every wine drinker, and their boutique shop also offers bottles for sale from other local Wisconsin wineries as well as wineries from other parts of the world. Wine tastings are free and offered daily.