The La Crosse Region

Wineries, Vineyards, & Breweries in La Crosse, WI

Wineries, vineyards, and breweries in La Crosse add to the attraction of the area. Wisconsin might not be known for its wine, but several local vineyards now specialize in producing unique vintages made from locally-grown fruit, including hardy varieties of grape developed at the University of Minnesota especially for cold-climate wine production. There are also excellent variations on mixed fruit wines, featuring cranberry, cherry, and strawberry blends.

The rolling bluffs and riverlands make for some of the most beautiful vineyard settings imaginable, so don’t miss the chance for an unforgettable afternoon of sipping wine and enjoying the scenery. Oh, and in case you forgot, there’s beer here, too. Head down to Pearl Street Brewery for some award-winning microbrews!

Branches Winery

Located 23 miles southeast of La Crosse near Westby, WI, just off Hwy 14/61, this charming boutique winery features wine produced from estate-grown grapes.  Surrounded by vineyard views, the winery’s friendly tasting room offers wine by the glass and bottle as well as a delectable selection of appetizers featuring local artisan cheeses and wood-fired pizzas. Open Friday & Saturday 1-8 pm, Thursday, Sunday, & Monday 1-6 pm. Tastings and tours are available during normal business hours.

Elmaro Vineyard

Located 33 miles northwest of La Crosse near Trempealeau, WI, this family-run vineyard offers excellent Wisconsin wines and a beautiful setting in which to enjoy them. Their tasting room is open Tuesday-Thursday 12-6 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am-7 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm, and Mondays by appointment. Elmaro offers various tasting packages, including an educational tasting in which 7 wines are sampled with light pairings and instruction from one of Elmaro’s experts.

Lost Island Wine/Skeleton Brew Crew

A small family-owned winery and craft brewery in Onalaska, WI.  Located one minute from Valley View Mall and the largest shopping district in 9 counties.  Select from over 40 flavors of wine and craft brews.  Open Wednesday through Sunday.  Watch their calendar for live music and events.

Pearl Street Brewery

Visit Western Wisconsin’s premier craft brewery! Since 1999, Pearl Street Brewery has produced award-winning ales and lagers. See how they do it with a brewery tour any Saturday of the year! Open at noon on Saturdays until 5:00. Stop in by 4:00 to catch the last tour of the day, or just head on down Tuesday through Saturday (live music every Wednesday & Friday!) to have a seat in their Tasting Room and have a pint or two, or pick up a six-pack, growler or case of beer to go.

River View Vineyard & Winery

River View Vineyard and Winery is nestled in the scenic bluffs above the beautiful winding Mississippi River Valley, north of La Crescent, MN, and just eight miles from La Crosse. Since 2003, River View has been producing wines with hardy cold-weather grapes developed specifically for our region. The winery is open for tastings and tours on weekends, 12-6pm, May-November (or when the snow stops and starts falling, respectively). Tours and tastings also may be arranged by special request.

Seven Hawks Vineyards

Vineyards, winery, and tasting room located in beautiful Fountain City on Wisconsin’s Great River Road, 40 miles north of La Crosse. Seven Hawks is affiliated with Hawks View Cottages and Lodges. All wines are made from 100% locally grown fruit. Open Monday-Saturday 11 am-7 pm and Sunday 12-6 pm. Tastings and tours are available during regular business hours.

Tenba Ridge Winery

Tenba Ridge Winery produces Alsatian-style wines in small batches. These big, bold wines are full of flavor and great paired with food or just by themselves. The wine terrace overlooks thousands of acres of woods in rural Trempealeau County. In addition to a wonderful wine, Tenba Ridge sells wine-related gifts. Come for a wine tasting, bring your own snacks, and stay for a while on the wine terrace. Tenba Ridge is open Friday through Sunday, 12-5 pm, from May 1-December 31. Taste up to three wines for free, or pay $5 to taste them all and keep your glass!

Vernon Vineyards

Located 27 miles southeast of La Crosse, near Viroqua, WI, Vernon Vineyards’ wines are made exclusively from Wisconsin-grown grapes. These hardy, cold-weather grapes were developed especially for wine production in the Upper Midwest, and Vernon Vineyards produces over 65 tons of them annually. Stop by for a complimentary tasting: Wednesday-Thursday 1-5 pm, Friday 1-7 pm, Saturday 11-7 pm, and Sunday 12-6 pm. After-hours tastings and group tours are available by appointment.