The family behind Maiden Rock Wintery & Cidery started small, with just a winemaking starter kit and a large orchard, which they first put to use as a place where people could come to pick their own apples. Things developed, though, and before too long the family had started making award-winning, non-alcoholic cider. Once they really had that going, though, they finally made the jump into real cider and fruit wines, and they’ve been building up their repertoire ever since. You can feel great about imbibing Maiden Rock’s products, because it keeps everything Wisconsin-based, local, and delicious.
Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery, W12266 King Ln, Stockholm, WI, USA +1 715 448 3502
The good folks at Island Orchard Cider fostered their love of cider in Wisconsin and then learned the craft of making it in the Normandy region of France. Once they went abroad, they realized that the types of cider they were enjoying there had not yet made their way across the Atlantic, so they decided to do something new for the country and bring them back. It’s open year-round, and it’s always a good time to come, have some cider, and learn about the process that goes into making it.
Island Orchard Cider, 12040 Garrett Bay Rd, Ellison Bay, WI, USA +1 920 854 3344
ÆppelTreow Winery & Distillery doesn’t just want you to try its cider when you come by the tasting room in Burlington. It wants you to spend some time there and really soak everything in, because cider is more than just a refreshing drink to enjoy on a crisp day. ÆppelTreow also makes Perry, which is the pear version of hard cider, and a number of whiskeys and brandies, all distilled from Wisconsin products.
ÆppelTreow Winery, 1072 288th Ave, Burlington, WI, USA +1 262 878 5345
What you’ll find at White Winter Winery isn’t technically cider, but instead cyser; the resulting product when you make mead and add apple juice. Cider and mead are similar in that they were widely popular before being overtaken by other beverages, but they’re now both stepping back into the spotlight. At White Winter Winery, the cyser isn’t the only drink worth taking a sip of; the range of meads are all beautifully packaged and excellent to boot. Swing by for a tour and tasting, and you’ll leave with a new appreciation for the drinks White Winter offers.
White Winter Winery, 68323 Lea St, Iron River, WI, USA +1 715 372 5656
Bayfield Winery actually started out as a farm that produced jam. Within a decade, though, it was ready to move on to something a bit more ambitious, so it started making delicious apple wines. Bayfield uses all sorts of apple varieties to make a range of ciders and apple wines, and you can try them all at the tasting room.
Bayfield Winery, 6565 Co Hwy J, Bayfield, WI, USA +1 715 779 0121