Lewis Station Winery opened in a former gas station (hence the “station” part of the name) in Lake Mills in 2011. They offer daily wine tastings and a small bistro menu – with the pizzas being especially good – Wednesday through Saturday. Sundays they offer wine only, but that’s okay – it’s a winery first after all, right?
In 2018, Lewis Station became Wisconsin’s first Certified Craft Winery by the Craft Wine Association. That designation means they make their wines in small lots and the winemaking is entirely overseen by the winemaker, using grapes from an identifiable vineyard. The winery produces around 25 different varieties throughout the year, although they’re best known for big reds, such as their Lodi California Zinfandel (described as having “bold dark-fruit flavors and spiciness”) and its Sangiovese, popular for its red and dark berries. About a third of Lewis Station’s wines are on the sweeter side, featuring a combination of grapes and other fruits. If you’re up for something a little more bold, Lewis Station offers a Cabernet Sauvignon aged in used Jack Daniels oak barrels, creating a more powerful wine with a hint – or perhaps a sizable hit – of bourbon; it’s become one of Lewis Station’s best sellers.
Quite a few wines made here have been Gold and Silver award winners in the World Wine Competition and the Finger Lakes Region Wine competition. Owner and winemaker Rob Lewis will be happy to recount the awards, describe each wine, or give you the background story on everything they create.
Most of the wines themselves are made at their production facility in town (580 Enterprise Drive), which can be viewed as part of a scheduled tour or one of their wine classes.
You’ll find Lewis Station Winery right along Highway 89, which is Main Street, in the heart of downtown Lake Mills. The cross street is County Highway B, the actual former Highway 30 – once the main east-west road between Madison and Milwaukee. Across from the winery is the city’s “town square” park – actually a triangle – called Commons Park. In nice weather, you can sit on Lewis Station’s patio, sip, and enjoy the view of the park across the street, the handsome rock-laden design of the nearby library, or just watch the people of Lake Mills stroll by. Downtown Lake Mills is about a mile south of I-94, and the Highway 89 interchange (Exit 259). It’s definitely easy to get to! And, if you want local craft beer, Tyranena Brewing is also nearby.
Lewis Station Winery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday: Noon – 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm
Lewis Station Winery Address:
217 N. Main Street (Highway 89)
Lake Mills, WI 53551