Opened in 2005, Wide River Winery is located a bit out of the way, along some winding roads, and is well worth a visit, both for the wines as well as its outstanding location. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Mississippi River, this facility includes the winery, a tasting room, the owners' home, the vineyards, and a chicken coop, if we saw all of it. If not, more to explore next time.
The first building you get to is both the winery and the wine tasting room. While partially hidden, it's kind of cool to know that the wines you are quaffing have been made just behind the wall (grapes are grown onsite, and sourced from grapes from Iowa, Illinois, southern Michigan and Missouri). The wines have unique names, influenced by the owners' law background. When I visited, there was a cost to taste that included 5 tastes along with a souvenir glass to take home. Outside the winery/tasting room, extensive decks are a great place to drink more wine or enjoy a picnic.
With the great views, take the opportunity to stroll around the property, taking time in the vineyards and also along the bluff trail. There are picnic tables at the end of the bluff trail, so there is even more opportunity to drink and eat in the great outdoors.
At this time the winery is open daily - additional tasting opportunities are at their tasting rooms in Le Claire and East Davenport.
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