My husband and I parked our car near the library in Berlin and biked a few miles south through town to get to the Mascoutin Valley State Trail. The trail was easy riding on crushed limestone and the scenery was a nice mix of fields and woodlands. About 8 miles/1 hour later we arrived at the Vines & Rushes Winery. A nice sign was placed near the bike trail and a mown grass path leads right up to the parking lot from the trail.
The winery had 10 different wines for us to try. (Tasting is free.) All of the wines are made with grapes from Wisconsin and some of them use Vines & Rushes own grapes. They are still growing their vineyard and hope to be able to use more of their own grapes in the future. We started with the dry white wines and moved up in sweetness to the reds. Ryan, one of the owners, was so helpful during the tasting. We could tell that he is very passionate about what he does. We enjoyed trying to pick out the different flavors in the wines and talking about what foods would pair well with them.
The winery also offers locally made crafts, books by a few local authors, and local foods such as dilly beans and salsa. A fridge holds cheese and other cold drinks (including soda for non-alcohol drinkers) that you can purchase and enjoy while relaxing on their patio out front.
The winery was a great destination to bike to along the Mascoutin Valley State Trail. And the best part - I didn't have to worry about driving under the influence.
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