If you're looking for a slow-paced activity that's a little off the beaten path, this might just be what you're looking for.
On a hillside in Wisconsin (yes, there are hills in America's Dairyland) sits Wollersheim Winery, established in the 1840s by the man who would eventually be credited with founding the California wine industry. The original building is surrounded by 23 sloping acres of vineyards.
The winery does produce wines from the grapes in their vineyards, and they also work with out-of-state vineyards to produce other wines. They also sell wines from their sister winery, Cedar Creek.
On a beautiful day, take a tour, sample, buy your favorite, and then sit outside and enjoy the landscape. The winery is very active and offers special events in addition to tours.
We are very fond of the Johannesburg Riesling and the Cedar Creek Cabernet. If you find your own favorite you decide you can't live without, don't worry, as you can order it by phone.
Wollersheim is open 10am to 5pm year-round and offers tours daily.
Visit www.wollersheimwinery.com for directions, wine listings, and other information.