Door County comprises the entirety of Door Peninsula, a scenic, 55-mile long peninsula with almost 300 miles of shoreline that's surrounded by the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. When not exploring its many charming towns or covered bridges, visitors to Door County can check out some of its great wineries. The heart of Wisconsin's wine country, Door County boasts some of the Midwest's finest wines, and has a little something extra up its sleeve, too: Wisconsin cheese for a perfect pairing.
Door County is located roughly 50 miles from the Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay and is only about a two-hour drive from Milwaukee. And the drive is worth it, as this county captures the essence of small-town America, and is a vibrant hub of tourist activity.
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The Wine Trail is a great way to experience the Door County wine country, as it travels through a bevy of small towns and green countryside to visit the country's many wineries. It's a self-guided tour, for visitors with a car, but those who want to do a little more wine drinking than wine tasting can also avail themselves of a guided tour of offer from a number of operators, like the Door County Trolley or Wisconsin Wine & Beer Tours.
Head over to the town of Algoma to take in the Von Stiehl Winery. Dr. Charles Stiehl purchased this historic building in 1967, and the results of his acquisition is a great winery with lots to look at while visiting. This structure is a slice of Wisconsin history, as the construction dates back to the 19th century. Also, Von Stiehl is responsible for some of the best wines produced in the whole state.
The Door Peninsula Winery, nestled between Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor, knows how to pack a punch. The biggest winery in the county, they produce a range of wine so visitors can enjoy a Sweet Cherry or go full-flavour with a robust Cabernet Sauvignons. Door Peninsula Winery also offers a peek into the region's history as it operates out of what was once a school house, originally built in 1868.
There's lots to do (and eat) at the Orchard Country Winery and Market, which can found in the quiet town of Fish Creek. Established in 1955, Orchard Country Winery & Market is perched on 100 acres, and is suitable for all ages, as it doesn't just do wine. Visitors can sample treats from its bakery, or any of its artisanal cheeses, which are the perfect companion to a glass of red.
The Stone's Throw Winery is a part of a unique wine country culture in Wisconsin. With a blend of grapes from both the Door County region and California, the Stone's Throw invites visitors to sample the very best its cellar has to offer, including its Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. And, Stone's Throw Winery is located right in the geographic center of the Door County Peninsula, in Egg Harbour, so visitors are, quite literally, in the heart of the quaint wine country of Door County.