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Best Winemaker

1st Place: River Bend Vineyard & Winery
2nd Place: Autumn Harvest Winery
3rd Place: Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery


As a five-year anniversary present, our readers have bestowed the coveted title of Best Winemaker on River Bend Vineyard & Winery (10439 33rd Ave., Chippewa Falls). This is only one of the many accolades the winery has received. The beautiful vineyard is located in the bend (thus the name) of the Chippewa River just north of Eau Claire. Autumn Harvest Winery (19947 County Highway J, Chippewa Falls) is nestled in Chippewa County’s apple orchard territory. The winery was founded nearly a decade ago as part of the John McIlquham Orchard family business, and since then it has given locals an opportunity to broaden our wine-swishing and -smelling abilities. Finally, Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery (930 Galloway St., Eau Claire) has been around for only a few years but already has garnered a lot of attention. The Banbury Place-based business produces grape and fruit wines as well as spirits, including Eau Claire’s first vodka and the forthcoming “Beerskey” (whiskey distilled from beer). –Caleb Gerdes

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