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

Upcoming Special Event Weekend:
        To be announced...

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!

Spring Trail Event....To be Announced!


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 News!

  
DRIFTLESS WISCONSIN WINE & CHEESE TRAIL
Fall Colors Event Weekend October 12, 13, & 14, 2018

Popular Trail draws visitors to 14 wineries and cheese producers throughout Southwestern Wisconsin


October 1, 2018 – Westby, WI – The Driftless Wisconsin Wine & Cheese Trail will host special activities at each of fourteen businesses October 12, 13 & 14, 2018, with all businesses open from 10 – 5 pm each day.  Celebrating one year since its inception, this successful collaboration between the state’s renowned dairy industry and its growing wine industry is drawing visitors from throughout the Midwest to estate wineries and local creameries throughout the year.

During the Fall Colors Event Weekend scheduled for October 12 – 14, visitors will be treated to tasting specials, promotions, entertainment, local vendors, and educational activities such as tours.  This self-guided driving tour features the stunning natural beauty of Southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless Area aglow with the colors of autumn.

The Trail is comprised of these businesses located roughly between Madison and La Crosse, Wisconsin:

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           

For specific information about the special activities at each location go to www.driftlesswinecheesetrail.com.   The Trail Weekend activities are free to attend; normal tasting fees may apply.

“This weekend will offer visitors the best in fall colors and the best flavors of the Driftless Region,” according to Therese Weiter Bergholz, trail director and owner, Branches Winery, Westby. “Visitors will have the chance to meet cheesemakers and watch cheese being made. They can also stroll through vineyards and learn what it takes to make excellent wine from Wisconsin-grown fruit.  This is a unique opportunity to taste acclaimed wine and cheese, learn what it takes to create these products, plus meet 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.  Stamps can be collected through November, 2018; the discount is valid through 2019.

Part of what makes this trail particularly interesting is that the participating businesses range from small- to medium-sized family wineries and creameries to state-and industry leaders. The participating cheese producers offer a multitude of options of 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 notable options in between.

The Trail is made possible through a matching Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant through the WI-DATCP.
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 [email protected]