The story of Wineries and Grille in St Croix Falls began at a picturesque Wisconsin orchard. Former owners Linda and Mike Welch were busy crafting delicious apple wines from the fall’s harvest when the phone rang. "I’ve got 20 pails of ripe grapes,” the voice on the other end of the line said. “What do I do with them?" Out of the goodness of their hearts, Mike and Linda sprung into action, blending the grapes with their apples to create unique local wines. Their process evolved, as did their humble orchard, which now encompasses wineries and grille. Though they have since sold the orchard, they continue to produce apple and grape wines. They also market and sell wines from other local makers who have a talent for making outstanding vintages but struggle with the vagaries of marketing, sales, or convincing customers that some bottles contain genies.
Linda and Mike have a knack for tracking down Wisconsin’s best wines, partnering with producers such as Stockholm’s Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery to spread forward-thinking drinks such as Black Forest wine infused with chocolate and cherries, blueberry wine, and honeyed sips of mead. They also carry national labels, such as Black Oak from California, and international labels from Spain, Argentina, South Africa, and elsewhere. At the grill, diners can listen to music in an outdoor area while enjoying dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, premium cheeses from Blaser's, and smoked trout from Star Prairie Trout Farm.