Welcome to Minnesota & Wisconsin Wine Country! 

Join us for an afternoon of leisure, scenery, and wine as we journey to picturesque vineyards and wineries nestled in the rolling hills, forests, and valleys of the Mississippi River. Each of the wineries we tour have in recent years helped earn the new Mississippi River viti-cultural region national acclaim and recognition in the wine-drinking world. Our wine-tastings will include several varieties of reds, whites, roses, ice, and port-style desert wines. Guests can tour the vineyards and wine-making facilities, or just relax and enjoy the wine-tastings with seating on patios with panoramic views. Your hosts will talk about their vineyards, cold-climate grape varieties, and how they produce their handcrafted, often award-winning wines.

  • Visit from one to four wineries ~ 4 to 8 Hours Roundtrip
  • 7 to 8 Hours Roundtrip is Typical for Three Wineries & Lunch Stop
  • Rochester Trolley will make reservations & help plan your itinerary!

Wineries

Villa Bellezza Winery & Vineyards ~ Pepin, WI ~ Stunning Italian Village Setting

The winery name – Bellezza, the Italian word for beauty – is inspired by the area’s stunning river bluffs and sparkling Lake Pepin views. The architectural style of the complex, which includes an elegant tasting room, is inspired by century old villas of southern Europe, with several stucco and stone buildings surrounding an inviting central piazza where friends gather amid fountains and flowers to relax and enjoy life.  www.villabellezza.com

Danzinger Vineyards ~ Alma, WI ~ Premier Winery Overlooking Miles of Mississippi River Valley

Danzinger Vineyards, perched atop the bluffs above historic Alma, invites you to enjoy a glass of their finest Estate wines while taking in beautiful views of the Mississippi River through the picture windows or their tasting room or from their spacious outdoor patio. With more than 7,000 vines on 15 acres, Danzinger is located in some of the most inspiring scenery you will find in the Mississippi River Valley.  www.danzingervineyards.com

Flower Valley Vineyard ~ Frontenac, MN ~ Unique Rural Winery on an Historic Family Farm! Flower Valley’s owners – known for their friendly hospitality – have transformed the old family farm site into one of Minnesota’s finest vineyards nestled in a quiet and picturesque valley. www.mohnfamilyvineyard.com

Lake Pepin Winery ~ Lake City, MN ~ Winery Overlooking the Scenic Beauty of Lake Pepin

With perhaps the busiest tourism highway in Minnesota, Highway 61, going right by its front door, proximity to Lake Pepin, and broad, glacial lake-bottom sandy-loam and gravel soils, Lake Pepin Winery’s vineyard site may very well be the best in Minnesota! Its owner has over 30 years of cold-climate grape growing experience!  www.greatrivervineyard.com

Whitewater Wines ~ Plainview, MN ~ Family-run Winery with an Inspiring Country Setting 

Whitewater Wines is a small, family-run winery located in the bluff country of southeastern Minnesota in the uplands of the Whitewater River Valley on 30 acres of prairie, hardwoods, and vineyards. The winemaker’s goal is to make great wine that people can enjoy in a beautiful rural setting. They currently have over 23 different grape varieties on a 2.5 acre vineyard, featuring an amazing 22 different wines. www.whitewaterwines.com

Other Highlights

Historic Downtown Wabasha, MN ~ Oldest Town in U.S. West of the Mississippi River

Great River Road Scenic Byway ~ “Most Scenic Drive in America” in 2012!

Nelson Creamery & Wine Bar ~ Excellent Homemade Sandwiches & Old World Atmosphere

Historic Downtown Alma, WI ~ Scenic Overlook at Buena Vista Park offers Stunning River Views