From high atop a ridge in rural Trempealeau County sits one of Wisconsin's most enjoyable winery experiences. With our unique Alsace-inspired grape wines and a variety of fruit wines, Tenba Ridge is the perfect spot to sip, sample and sit as you take in the view of thousands of picturesque acres of bluffs and fields.
Winemaker John Gill follows in the footsteps of his great-grandfather John Francis Gill, who ran a family wine and sheep business in the Alsace-Lorraine area of Germany in the late 1800s before coming to America.
Alsace, which is now French, is the quintessential home of terroir-driven wines, the almost mystical French term for the total natural environment of a wine, comprising the soil, climate, sunlight and geology. Those who believe in the influence of terroir believe that every small plot or region can have distinctive wine characteristics.
John tries to emulate the methods and materials that would have been available to his great-grandfather more than 100 years ago, making wine in small batches of three to six gallons.
Varieties include Apricot, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cherry, Cranberry, Elderberry, Gewurztraminer, Muller Thurgau, Peach, Plum, Raspberry, Strawberry, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Vinifera grape, Zinfandel and white Zinfandel.
Guests may sample up to four wines for free. There is a $5 fee for tasting more than four wines, which is forgiven with the purchase of a bottle of wine.
After you sample, purchase a glass or a bottle of your favorite and sip while you relax and enjoy the view. Bring a picnic lunch or snacks and make it an afternoon. Experience the gracious living of Tenba Ridge Winery.