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 Winery 

1.Elmaro Vineyard (Trempealeau, WI)

Elmaro Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard and winery nestled in the Mississippi River Valley between Trempealeau and Winona. Their philosophy is “Enjoy the Day!”

2.Wide River Winery (Le Claire, IA)

Visit at one of our three locations in Eastern Iowa along the Mississippi River. Offering daily wine tastings in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

3.Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery (Galena, IL)

Join a vineyard tour and experience firsthand how Galena Cellars wine is made. Enjoy a wine tasting or relax on the spacious wrap around deck with your favorite glass of wine.

4.Grafton Winery & Brewhaus (Grafton, IL)

A fully operational winery producing over 13,000 cases of wine a year. From the Downtown Grafton location to the quaint Vineyards, they have much to offer.

5.Villa Bellezza (Pepin, WI)

La dolce vita, La belle vie, La buena vida – the sweet life.  Come join us to experience the Mediterranean on the Mississippi! Spend time with friends on their piazza.

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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.