The Driftless Wisconsin Wine & Cheese Trail premieres Oct. 13, 14 and 15, with special activities at 14 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 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin matching 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.
Businesses participating include: 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; and 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and will offer activities such as tasting specials, discounts, entertainment, tours, etc.
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 13-15 and October 12-14.
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.