With its vibrant culture, exquisite restaurants, and beautiful scenery, Madison is an ideal place for wine tasting. Whether you are a local looking to try out some new places or a visitor only staying a couple of days we’ve got some good tips for you. Let’s take a look at our 8 top picks when it comes to wine tasting in Madison, WI.
We’ll start exploring the local wineries and tasting rooms right at the city center and then slowly work our way out to the area surrounding Madison. There are quite a few wine-tasting spots in the city to cover so let’s jump into it!
Of course, we’ll always give you directions, a link to Google Maps, and the website if available. These will help you find the places that we are mentioning here today. Apart from wine tasting in Madison, we’ll also explore some places that are near Madison.
Square Wine Company
As promised, our first pick for wine tasting in Madison is right at the center of the city. The Square Wine Company is a fantastic local business in Madison and one of the best places if you don’t want to leave city limits.
They are a small wine shop and they mostly sell wines that are not mass-produced. The owners and the staff is dedicated to finding hidden gems and great family wineries all over the region.
In order to make sure that people have an opportunity to try the products they have weekly wine tastings. Every week visitors have an opportunity to taste a different selection of wines. This also gives the staff an opportunity to get more acquainted with the wines they have which will help them give better buying advice.
The Square Wine Company is a great place for wine tasting if you want an assortment of different wineries and want something inside Madison, WI. RSVP is required for wine tasting so head over to their site for signing up.
Table Wine Madison
Table Wine is another great local wine store. They are located in the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood of Madison. Not only are the staff and owners of the place enthusiastic about wine but the shop is actually in a cool historic building.
It’s a fun place to visit whether you are just out to buy wine, or you want to attend a wine tasting. Yes, they do have periodic wine-tasting events. We highly recommend signing up in advance to make sure you secure a spot.
In case you want something more intimate with your friends then you can even request a private wine-tasting event here. Another highly recommended place that you won’t need to leave the city for. Make sure to take a look at the current event schedule.
Cambridge Winery – Madison Tasting Room
Cambridge Winery is a local winery in Wisconsin and they have a tasting room in Madison. It’s the place to choose if you are looking to eat along with your wine tasting.
They have different flights of wines that you and your friends can try. The staff will talk you through each wine and help you get the best out of your tasting experience. As far as food goes they have small bites that are perfect for a tasting evening but they also have an assortment of real food choices like pizza.
Apart from the Madison Tasting Room they also have a location in Cambridge, WI.
Odilon Ford Winery
Another great wine tasting spot in Madison is the Odilon Ford Winery. Of course, it’s just the tasting room that’s in Madison the winery is located in another part of Wisconsin. However, the tasting room proves to be a fun place to visit and check out some amazing wines.
One of the interesting things about the Odilon Ford Winery is the fact that they specialize in sparkling wine. That’s right! If you want something different then you should definitely come here.
They even use some wordplay on their sparking wine and call it Wisecco (after Prosecco, the Italian name for sparkling wine). Good wines, a nice location, and something different on offer here.
Drumlin Ridge Winery
The Drumlin Ridge Winery is the first entry on our list that offers wine tasting near Madison, WI. It’s just a short drive from town.
It is a family-owned winery that plays to the strengths of the region and embraces the wines that it can produce here. When you visit you can craft your own flight of wines for tasting. They’ll serve you on your table inside or if the weather allows outside.
Apart from tasting there are also themed events at the Drumlin Ridge Winery and even take a tour of the property. It’s a great place with nice surroundings.
WineStyles of Sun Prairie
WineStyles is a place that’s committed to teaching people about wine. They have great wine tasting events that will both educate and entertain you.
You’ll learn how to pair wines with food. How to choose the wine that suits you best and you’ll get an opportunity to sample different types of wines yourself.
Oh, and apart from wine, they also have a great assortment of beer and spirits. Beer tasting is also something they do. An overall great place in the Madison, WI area.
Botham Vineyards & Winery
Botham Vineyards & Winery is a beautiful property with great wines and a nice tasting offer. They pride themselves on producing original Wisconsin wine. The grapes they use are all perfect for the local climate so the wine they make is high quality.
If you opt for a wine tasting you have the option to try the whole portfolio for just $10. That is superb value for some amazing local wine.
Want more? You may even tour the estate and learn about how they produce their wines. It’s a great program that’s available by appointment only.
Bailey’s Run Vineyard
The Bailey’s Run Vineyard is a hilltop location with an excellent view of the surrounding area. This picturesque location fits perfectly for tasting their wines.
You can order multiple variations for wine tasting all costing a maximum of $10 dollars. Incredible value for your money. Of course, the winery excels in making local wine so coming here is giving back to the local economy.
Other than wines they also have mouth-watering food and great events during the weekend. Many local musicians do a show at the Vineyard during the year so if you manage to catch one of these performances you will be in for a great time.
Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
Finally, we have one of the most beautiful properties in this list of wine tasting opportunities in and around of Madison, WI. The Wollersheim Winery & Distillery is a true Mediterranean-style estate. Come here and you’ll feel like you are in Southern Europe.
Here as well you can choose from different options when it comes to a wine tasting so you can tailor the experience to your preference. The estate produces local Wisconsin wine and has an interesting history that is proudly displayed for anyone to read at the entrance.
They also offer tours which we highly recommend. It’s a beautiful place and touring it is an experience. Apart from wine, they do make an assortment of spirits as well like whiskey, gin, and absinthe.