SIP & SAVOR Driftless Wisconsin Wine & Cheese Trail
About the Trail - One delicious roadtrip!

Upcoming Special Event Weekends:
April 13, 14, 15, 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018
10 am - 5 pm each day

Tour southwestern Wisconsin's stunning natural beauty while enjoying award-winning wine and cheese at seven estate wineries and seven internationally recognized creameries. 

Made possible through a Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Matching Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WI-DATCP), this Trail marks and exciting new collaboration between Wisconsin's renowned dairy industry and its growing wine industry.  

You are invited to tour Wisconsin's Driftless Area while sipping wine and tasting artisan cheeses.  On the Trail you will be welcomed by business owners and staff, all of whom are passionate about creating the best wine and cheese. Plus, you'll meet the families whom you support when you buy local food - cheese and wine included!

Your Trail brochure includes a map and a Passport to Savings.  Brochures will be available at all Trail locations. Make a purchase at each location and get your Passport stamped. Mail your passport back to Trail office by 11.15.18 to receive a VIP Discount Card for $5 off a $25 purchase at all fourteen participating businesses. A $70 Value!  One per person.




Visit these businesses year-round to make a purchase and get your Passport  stamped (located in Trail Brochure) at each location. Please check individual location websites for seasonal hour changes or closings.

 Trail Special Event Weekends
Hit the trail any time, but on these Special Event Weekends there will be extra fun activities, discounts, education, tours, and more!

​October 13, 14,15, 2017 

April 13, 14, 15, 2018


October 12, 13, 14, 2018


Hours: 10 am – 5 pm each day



Trail weekends are free to attend - no ticket necessary. 
Normal tasting or tour fees may apply. 
 
Trail Members (L-R) Therese Bergholz, Branches Winery; Carol Jensen, Organic Valley; Cathy Hughes,
Cedar Grove Cheese; Patti Koenig, Carr Valley Cheese; Lisa Torkelson, Morgan Meyer, Pasture Pride
Cheese; Casey Holloway, Baraboo Bluff Winery; Sarah Bekkum, Nordic Creamery; Jay Walters, Rock N
Wool Winery; John Pedretti, Vernon Vineyards; Mary Spurgeon, Spurgeon Winery; Audrey Fries, Weggy
Winery; Steph Schroeder, Westby Creamery. Not pictured: Julie Coquard, Wollersheim Winery and
Distillery; Bill Hanson, Arena Cheese.

Trail Launch News!


DRIFTLESS WISCONSIN WINE & CHEESE TRAIL LAUNCH October 13, 14 & 15, 2017

Activities planned at 14 wineries and creameries throughout Southwestern Wisconsin


September 27, 2017 – Westby, WI – The Driftless Wisconsin Wine & Cheese Trail premieres October 13, 14 and 15, with special activities at each of fourteen businesses.  This new collaboration between the state’s renowned dairy industry and its growing wine industry invites travelers to visit estate wineries and local creameries, tasting wine and sampling cheeses that have received national and international acclaim. The Trail is made possible through a matching Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant through the WI-DATCP.

The Trail is comprised of these businesses located roughly between Madison and La Crosse. The route provides a tour of the stunning natural beauty of Southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, even more beautiful in autumn as the rolling hills glow with fall colors.

Baraboo Bluff Winery, Baraboo                                              Arena Cheese, Arena
Branches Winery, Westby                                                          Carr Valley Cheese, LaValle
Rock N Wool Winery, Poynette                                              Cedar Grove Cheese, Plain           
Spurgeon Vineyards and Winery, Highland                     Organic Valley, Cashton Retail Store
Weggy Winery, Muscoda                                                           Pasture Pride Cheese Cashton
Wollersheim Winery & Distillery, Prairie du Sac          Westby Creamery, Westby
Vernon Vineyards, Viroqua                                                       Nordic Creamery, Westby            

Travelers can visit these locations year-round, but will receive a special welcome on Trail Event Weekends when each business will be open from 10 – 5 pm each day and will offer activities such as tasting specials, discounts, entertainment, tours, etc. One example of activities planned for the Trail Debut Weekend October 13, 14 & 15, 2017 is the “Fall Fun Weekend” at Pasture Pride Cheese in Cashton.  Morgan Meyer, store manager, explains they will be featuring cheese tasting, local vendor booths, and family-friendly activities.

Another example is the free wine and cheese pairings offered at Spurgeon Vineyards and Winery in Highland.  According to Owner Mary Spurgeon, “This Trail is the epitome of Southwest Wisconsin - wine and cheese.  The quality of both is so amazing. We can’t wait to share our incredible tastes and stories.”  

For additional information about the activities at each location go to www.driftlesswinecheesetrail.com.   The Trail Weekends are free to attend; normal tasting fees and other fees may apply.   In addition to the upcoming launch weekend in October, two additional Trail Event Weekends are scheduled for next year: April 13, 14 & 15, 2018 and October 12, 13 & 14, 2018.

“This Trail will encourage people living in the area to discover new businesses. It will also bring people from all over the state to the Driftless Region and make agritourism a delicious, educational, fun, and personal experience,” according to Therese Bergholz, owner, Branches Winery and trail director. “Visitors will have the chance to see vineyards and talk to the winemakers. They can watch cheese being made from local milk while talking to the cheesemakers. This is more than simply a chance to taste and purchase wine and cheese. It’s a chance to learn what it takes to grow and produce award-winning products while meeting the families you support when you shop local.”

The Driftless Wine & Cheese Trail Brochure, available at each participating business, offers a passport program where consumers can earn a stamp at each business when they make a purchase.  When they have collected all 14 stamps, they can redeem their completed passport for a VIP Discount Card for future purchases.

Part of what makes this trail particularly interesting is that the participating businesses range from small- to medium-sized family wineries and creameries to Organic Valley, a $1B international organic co-op. Each has a unique story to tell and unique products to sample. The Trail offers multiple options for award winning cheeses including organic cheese and goat cheese. Wineries too offer an outstanding range of products – created from estate-grown cold-climate grapes and other fruits. Wines range from dry, oaked red wines to sweet white dessert wines, with many delicious options in between.

More information about the Trail can be found at driftlesswinecheesetrail.com and Facebook.com/driftlesswinecheesetrail.  The Trail office is located at E6796 Old Line Road, Westby WI 54667.  Phone 608-634-9463; email driftlesswinecheesetrail@gmail.com.