Best of the River is focused on the best attractions, accommodations,  food & drink, and trails & tours along the Great River Road from northern Minnesota down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Wine Trail

1.Great River Road Wine Trail (Upper Mississippi River Valley)

The Great River Road Wine Trail is a collection of 12 wineries all located near the Upper Mississippi River in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

2.Driftless Wine & Cheese Trail (Wisconsin Driftless Region)

Plan your self-guided tour of  southwestern Wisconsin’s stunning natural beauty while enjoying award-winning wine and cheese at seven estate wineries and seven creameries.

3.Mississippi Valley Wine Trail (Illinois River Road)

Each winery is family-owned and operated with its own unique story. Each offering distinctive settings–Mississippi bluff views, panoramic outdoor wonderlands, serene lakes.

4.Heartland River Wine Trail (Southern Illinois)

Visitors can enjoy the extraordinary flavors, from sophisticated dry reds to the popular sweet country wines, each winery offers a unique and often surprising experience.

5.Iowa Wine Trail (Upper Mississippi Valley Wine Region)

Sample well-crafted wines and ciders in the comfort of excellent and diverse tasting rooms among our heritage farms and vineyards, nestled river village, and hilltop chateau.

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In 2019, thousands submitted their Best of The River choices in categories ranging from best cultural trail, best monument, best public art, best river boat tour, best brewery and more.