Best Winemaker

River Bend Vineyard & Winery (10439 33rd Ave, Chippewa Falls) is a picturesque vineyard offering winery tours, a tasting room, light fare, and patio seating. River Bend produces award-winning wines using locally sourced grapes, earning it the Best Winemaker title for five years in a row! If you need some Solace, visit Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery (3460 Mall Drive, Eau Claire). A blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir, Solace is one of the many distinctive and innovative wines and spirits hand-crafted by Infinity. Third place’s Autumn Harvest Winery & Orchard (19947 County Highway J, Chippewa Falls) is east of Chippewa Falls, nestled in the heart of apple orchard country. Autumn Harvest uses apples from the orchard, Wisconsin and American grapes, whole fruits, and fruit juices to produce award-winning wines and hard ciders made by hand. — Nealy Corcoran