The doors opened at River Bend Vineyard & Winery back in 2009... 
but what happened before then?


Meet the Owners

Donna

Donna is the analytical side of the husband and wife duo.  This makes her invaluable for understanding the chemical processes that wine undertakes while being made.  You'll usually find her in the lab, checking her numbers for the second or third time to make sure that every wine is perfect for the customer.

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Al

Al is the mechanical side of the ownership team.  He is the master of all cellar equipment, from the tanks and pumps to the barrels and bottling line.  Al also manages the vineyard and maintains the farm machinery.  His cabinet making background is also apparent throughout the winery and tasting room.


Early Beginnings

some amateur wines of the owners that won gold and silver medals.

some amateur wines of the owners that won gold and silver medals.

Testing the Waters

With a growing passion for making wine at home, Al & Donna decided to place their wine into amateur wine-making competitions.  The results were very good, and they realized they could go the distance with their abilities.

Ribbon cutting ceremony on June 4th, 2009.

Ribbon cutting ceremony on June 4th, 2009.

Diving In

The decision was made to open River Bend Vineyard & Winery in 2009.  The founding philosophy of making high quality wines featuring local grapes has proved to be a successful strategy, and things have only grown since that opening day.


How are things going now?

Some of the River bend wines to receive gold medals or higher

Some of the River bend wines to receive gold medals or higher

Keeping Their Word

When we say "award-winning wines," we mean that literally.  Several River Bend wines have won Gold, Double Gold, and even “Best in Class" designations in wine competitions across the country.  River Bend has become so popular, you can find our wines in stores all across Wisconsin!

photo credit: lee butterworth

photo credit: lee butterworth

A Destination

River Bend has now become a must-stop for tourists throughout the summer.  All season long, the tasting room is a popular spot for locals to hang out and enjoy a glass of locally-produced wine.  Our guests also enjoy live music events, wood-fired pizza and other celebrations.  To see our upcoming events, click here.