In the last few decades, Door County has become a small hub for winemaking and wineries in the Midwest, and the quietly thriving wine scene here should be a bucket-list item for anyone who appreciates the art, science, passion, and hard work that goes into crafting a single glass of pinot noir or sauvignon blanc.
The success of vineyards and grape growers in Door County is in part thanks to the Door peninsula’s location atop the 45th parallel, the latitudinal circle situated halfway between the equator and the North Pole that’s famous for having superb conditions for growing grapes and other produce for wine production. This line runs through many prominent wine-producing regions both in America and across the globe, including Washington, Oregon, and Michigan as well as France’s vaunted Bordeaux region.
As of early 2021, all eight of our award-winning wineries are open, but they’re operating at limited capacity and may not be conducting full tours or winery experiences. Always check individual winery websites or call for current hours, offerings, and COVID-19 policies. Find county-wide travel updates here.
And, if you’re not yet traveling, check out the wineries’ online stores and have some of the best Door County wine available delivered to your door for an at-home wine tasting.
Stone’s Throw Winery
Stone’s Throw is a mainstay in the local wine scene and has been in business for more than 23 years. The winery offers a variety of unique reds and whites, all made from premium California grapes, and boasts a “one barrel at a time” approach to winemaking.
The Baileys Harbor location has a tasting room, two restaurants, gardens, bocce ball courts, and event space.
Von Stiehl Vineyard, Stony Creek
Von Stiehl is Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery with roots dating back to 1967. With more than 40 offerings, the winery offers wines, hard ciders, and cherry bounce. Grapes, cherries, apples, and other products are often sourced locally as well as from select vendors on the west and east coasts.
Visit the winery and production facility in Algoma for tastings, a shop, and other wine experiences or tour the Stony Creek location in Forestville to see the vineyards up close.
Red Oak Winery
Red Oak Winery offers red, white, dessert, and cherry wines, including its famous Captain Nicks port wine. All are produced with grapes and fruit from California, Washington, and Wisconsin, including some from the onsite vineyard. Visitors taste wines among real wine barrels in a bistro-style seating area that often hosts live music.
Although well known as a staple in the Sturgeon Bay area, Red Oak Winery recently moved its operations. You can find their new location off Highway 42 in Carlsville.
Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery
Simon Creek boasts the county’s largest vineyard as well as a tasting room, retail shop, outdoor spaces, a live music venue, and a beautiful rustic setting. The winery crafts a variety of red, white, and dessert wines and offers immersive tours of the vineyard and winemaking process.
Door Peninsula Winery
Door Peninsula Winery crafts fruit-forward red, white, and sparkling wines as well as berry wines, ciders, mead, seasonal beverages, and other specialty spirits. All told, the winery produces around 60 different wines and ciders, which have collectively won more than 200 awards. The winery itself is housed in a former two-room Victorian schoolhouse, originally built in 1868.
Visit this winery in Carlsville.
Harbor Ridge Winery
The winery specializes in oak-aged wines, and other options, including a range of reds, whites, rosés, and cherry and fruit wines. It exclusively cultivates and makes wine from Marquette grapes, a “medium-bodied hybrid red grape” specifically developed to grow in cold climates like Door County.
Harbor Ridge is located in a log cabin-style building on an idyllic stretch of Highway 42, in downtown Egg Harbor.
Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market
Lautenbach’s is one of the better-known orchards and farm markets in the area, and they also use their freshly grown produce to create white, red, rosé, sparkling, fruit, and port wines as well as apple, pear, cherry, and other hard ciders.
The orchard offers all kinds of cherry- and farm-themed activities and attractions in addition to wine tastings and tours, including fruit picking and seasonal sleigh rides. Lautenbach’s is located off Highway 42 in Fish Creek.
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Door 44 Winery
Door 44 focuses on using grapes grown in the Midwest and aims to craft uniquely Wisconsin wines that give drinkers “a taste of the tundra.” The winery offers reds, whites, rosés, sparkling wines, and ice wine, a variety made from squeezing concentrated sugars and flavors from frozen grapes.
Find a Door 44 vineyard/tasting room in two locations—one in Sturgeon Bay and one in Kewaunee (a few miles southeast of the county line).
All of our local wine producers offer tastings/samplings, tours, or retail stores of some kind—as does our sole local cidery, Island Orchard Cider. In addition to visiting the wineries themselves, you can also enjoy Door County wine a few other ways, such as:
- Taking a driving tour of the Wine Trail: visit all eight or a combination of all eight wineries on the peninsula. Find a map here. Sample wines at a few locations or stop into each one for a bottle or two to build up your collection.
- Exploring the wine scene via trolley: let the Door County Trolley do the driving for you and take you door to door. The service offers multiple styles and runs year-round.
- Enjoying food and wine pairings: Many wineries have onsite restaurants and snack menus to pair with your wine tasting or offer food products in their shops. Door County wines can also be found on the menus and wine lists of restaurants of all kinds, including fine dining restaurants, supper clubs, casual bar spots, and more.
- Attending the Annual Wine Festival: Although on hold for now, the annual Door County Wine Fest is one of the most popular and best-loved events of any summer and is a must-do in future years when it’s back on. The festival is a great way to sample wines from all eight wineries, talk to winemakers, and enjoy food from local chefs.
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