Highway 95 - Seven Hawks Winery, Fountain City

Seven Hawks Vineyards

Seven Hawks grows grapes on the hills outside Fountain City, with vineyard vines overlooking the Mississippi River – nearly 18,000 of them. They are actually one of the largest vineyards in the Midwest. They are also in one of the more picturesque towns along the Mississippi, nestled between towering bluffs and the great river in a little town of less than 900 residents.

Seven Hawks Vineyards signSeven Hawks Vineyards’ Tasting Room and Wine Bar is located along Highway 95 in Fountain City, a block up (literally, given the landscape) from Highway 35 and the Great River Road. The classic old building dates back to the 1870s and includes two suites above the bar available for lodging as part of their Hawks View Cottages and Lodges, which include additional cottages on a bluff on the edge of town.

All of the wines in Seven Hawks’ lineup come from their locally-grown grapes. Some of their major wines include reds like their Hunters Blend, Marquette Reserve, Frontenac Reserve, Frontier Red, Ardella’s Rose. White wines include their Smiling Moon, which garnered a gold medal; Prairie Star, La Crescent Reserve, Ridgetop Apple, and some dessert wines round out their main offerings. They even have an ice wine called Sleeping River, made with winter harvest grapes. Many of the grapes are hybrid varieties and some were developed with help from the University of Minnesota.

Seven Hawks is part of the Great River Road Wine Trail. Their Tasting Room & Wine Bar is within a block of the Monarch Public House and historic Fountain City Brewing Company, and also close to the Rock in the House and Elmer’s Auto Museum.

Wine samples are free; of course, you’re welcome to buy some bottles before you leave! Hours are 11am-6pm Monday through Thursday, 11am-7pm Friday and Saturday, and Noon-6pm on Sunday.

Address:
17 North Street (Highway 95)
Fountain City, WI
(608) 687-9463
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Fountain City Brewing Company & the Monarch Public House


Wisconsin’s oldest serving establishment, the Monarch Public House opened back in 1894. But beer was brewed on this site as far back as 1856, when Fountain Brew first started emerging from copper kettles. Fountain Brew continued until 1965, when the brewery closed. Resurrected in 1997, Fountain City Brewing brought back the original recipe and also brews up Prairie Moon Red, Eagle Valley Harvest Gold, Irish Valley Spring Bock, and John Robert Porter, an oatmeal stout and coffee porter.

Housing the brewery, the Monarch Public House is also an Irish pub serving up a full menu including stone-fired pizzas; don’t be surprised to find live music there, too.¬†Downstairs, the Rock Bottom Pub has emerged from what was the cellar, featuring the original bluff stone floor and a hand-hewn beamed ceiling.

An outside patio in the back of the Monarch overlooks Highway 35 and the river. This is a great stop along the Great River Road!

Address:
19 N. Main Street
Fountain City, WI 54629
(608) 687-4231
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Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum


Perched on Eagle Bluff just outside Fountain City along Highway 95 near Highway 35 and the Great River Road, Elmer’s offers one of the largest displays of muscle, classic, antique, and pedal cars and trucks in the country, some dating back to 1910. Over 100 pedal tractors are on display along with thousands of toys, antique tools, and dolls, some of which date back to the 19th century. It’s right outside Fountain City near the Monarch Public House and Fountain City Brewing Company; this is also one of the highest points along the Mississippi, so run around and check out some beautiful views!

Address:
W903 Elmers Road
Fountain City, WI 54629
(608) 687-7221
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