A pre-Civil War Green Bay building offers guests a surprising place to sample Wisconsin wines. Owned by two brothers who run Algoma's decades-old von Stiehl Winery in Door County, Captain’s Walk Winery grows its grapes at von Stiehl and uses its bottling facility.
Guests enter this downtown spot through a small gift shop and then see stainless-steel tanks where future vintages age. Next comes a living room space with a fireplace, wrought-iron tables and chairs, and a beautiful wooden bar purchased at a flea market. (Make sure to look down—a hole in the floor offers a view of the aging cellar below.)
For $3, sample up to seven varieties, including Naughty Girl, a raspberry-laced red wine that's one of von Stiehl's best sellers, and the popular Riesling. Disappearing Treasure, a dessert-style white, contains edible flakes of 24 karat gold. We found they went down more smoothly than many other regional offerings.
But you have to head upstairs for our favorite part of Captain's Walk. Buy some wine, and you are free to drink it in a comfortably furnished living room.