If you are looking for a lovely winery to try in Winneshiek County, then I recommend you take a road trip to Winneshiek Wildberry Winery in rural Decorah. With well over a dozen wines offered, they truly have a selection to suit every palate. I picked up a bottle of Blackberry Blossom on my recent trip there, which is a sweet combination of blackberry and grapes with a dark hue. You might find that Cranberry Crush from Wisconsin-sourced cranberries is more to your liking. Or, try Cinn City, which adds a touch of cinnamon to a sweet grape wine. Their Honey Apple incorporates local honey in a concoction with a healthy balance of fruit. These wine varieties are just a few of the many they offer, from which you might just discover a new favorite.
Even if you don’t drink wine, there are certainly other reasons to visit Wildberry Winery. They offer a delightful selection of food choices from May 1st through October 31st. Enjoy yourself on their open patio that overlooks the vineyards or in a spacious indoor dining area which will keep you in air-conditioned comfort on those sweltering Iowa summer days. I tried the mozzarella and tomato sandwich, paired with coleslaw and kettle chips, and it was quite scrumptious. Besides sandwiches, they also have a great selection of salads and soups available. Cracker and cheese baskets grace the menu as well. For dessert, among the pie list, I simply couldn’t pass up a slice of grape. I didn’t even know grape pie existed, but now I most certainly do. The crumble crust on top of rich, luscious baked grapes is a taste I’d like to repeat. I’m sure you will too if you sample this unique offering on your visit.
Wildberry Winery has a Calendar of Events you’ll want to check frequently. They offer some Sunday brunch dates as well as occasional musical acts and even paint-your-own canvas events. It’s really a place for community to gather and soak in the Decorah bluffs while enjoying great food, drink, and company. The folks at Wildberry Winery would be happy to welcome you soon to the grounds of their family farm that has been going strong for 140 years.