The Door Peninsula is known for its small-town charm and for having some of the best wine in Wisconsin. From the base all the way up to Washington Island, there are numerous local wineries that are worth a stop. Enjoy a tasting or pick up a whole case of your favorite wine while exploring beautiful Door County.
Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery
Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery’s creations are not only tasty but also award-winning. They draw in thousands of visitors from all over each year who want to sample their fine wines and learn more about how they’re produced. Wine tastings and tours of their winemaking facilities in Sturgeon Bay are available regularly, and there is even complimentary music out on the deck overlooking the grounds in the summer.
Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery and Market in Fish Creek is family owned and operated. The winery resides in an old dairy farm surrounded by 100 acres of orchards and vineyards. Pop in for a complimentary wine tasting, including some of their famous cherry wines, and check out the fresh bakery items they are cooking up in the market. When in season, you can even go into the orchards and pick cherries and apples for yourself.
Egg Harbor’s Harbor Ridge Winery is located in a log cabin that helps provide a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere where visitors can enjoy glasses or bottles of wine in the tasting room. In addition to crafting local wine, Harbor Ridge also offers a large range of Door County handmade soap products, which make excellent souvenirs.
Stone’s Throw Winery in Baileys Harbor is on a mission to give California wineries a run for their money. Using the finest California grapes, they craft elegantly balanced creations that are sure to impress any wine connoisseur. The best part is that you can sample their fine wines in the comfort of peaceful Door County, rather than having to make the trip to Napa.
Offering very reasonably priced wine tastings, Door 44 Winery is a Sturgeon Bay must-visit for those in need of a glass of fine wine. Both Door 44 and its sister winery, Parallel 44, sit on the 44-degree north latitude line that runs through Wisconsin, which is where the name comes from. A relatively new varietal of grape that can withstand the Wisconsin winter and temperatures as low as –30F (–34.4C) is used in the wine.
Door Peninsula Winery is the oldest winery in Door County, and their full tour is excellent. You’ll have the opportunity to view the production and bottling areas, where wine is being made six days a week. Enjoying a tasting here will give you a selection of over 45 traditional wines and fruit wines to choose from.
At Red Oak Winery in Sturgeon Bay, wine tastings take place right in the barrel room. Enjoy the casual environment while learning more about the European processes that they use to make their fine wines. There is also occasionally live music in the tasting area, taking the experience to another level.