Wine & Cider Tastings
Visit our Tasting Room to sample our offerings! Wine & cider tastings are available anytime during our regular hours of operation. Visit our contact page to plan your trip.
Our charge for wine & cider tasting depends on the size of the group. For up to 6 people standing at the bar, there is no charge for up to three samples / person; after 3 samples, the charge is $1.00 / sample.
For more than 6 people, we recommend that you reserve your own table for $7.50 / person. This provides you with personalized service and includes up to 5 samples / person. Should you choose this option, we require a $25 or 10% deposit – whichever is larger – in order to confirm your reservation.
If you are a group of more than 6 people -- and you choose not to follow our recommendation -- you may stand in line and await your turn at the bar. Alternatively, your group might forgo sampling and just purchase bottles of cider and/or wine to drink in a relaxing setting inside or outside of our facility.
With either option, we make every effort to accommodate your needs and provide you with exceptional customer service.
NOTE: You must be 21 years old or older to taste or purchase wine or hard cider.
Weddings, Receptions, Bachelorette Parties and Special Events
In addition to Wine & Cider Tastings and Tours, Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery is also the ideal venue for many special events. From weddings to car clubs, to reunions, and receptions, many have enjoyed the country setting and adaptability of the facilities and staff to meet their unique needs.
Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery is open May - August for special events.
Contact Suzanne Walstrom at email@example.com to talk about your upcoming event.
Wine & Cider
Imagine an experience that everyone will long remember! The sounds of laughter, the cool smells of fresh air, the tastes of fine ciders and wines paired with delectable warm and cold appetizers.
Guess what? You’re on-board the La Crosse Queenas it paddles down the Mississippi River from La Crosse, WI. Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery – renown for hosting fun and memorable parties – now brings their joie de vivre for your pleasure on an authentic Mississippi River Paddleboat Cider & Wine Cruise!
Capture your experiences and post your photos and comments on your own, your friends, and Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery’s Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest pages!
The La Crosse Queen is a modern-day replica of the grand river boats that plied the Mississippi River in the early 1900s. Cruising out of La Crosse, WI, she is one of the few authentic Mississippi River paddlewheel river boats still in operation in the United States today. In keeping with early traditions, she was built with sternwheels that are her only means of propulsion.
The La Crosse Queen has a split sternwheel and each half is run by a twin diesel engine; these power hydraulic motors which turn the paddles. The split paddlewheel gives the Queen greater maneuverability and dependability. This is in contrast to most Mississippi River paddle wheelers in operation today that have a "freewheeling" paddlewheel at the stern of the boat for visual effect, but have traditional screw-type engines hidden for their real means of propulsion.
The La Crosse Queen is U.S. Coast Guard inspected for safety and is licensed to carry up to 149.
Sign up now for one of the following cruises:
June 1st Friday Evening Cruise
Board 7:15 – 7:30 pm
Cruise & Celebrate 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Disembark 9:30 – 9:40 pm
July 15th Sunday Afternoon Cruise
Board 1:20 – 1:30 pm
Cruise & Celebrate 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Disembark 3:30 – 3:40 pm
*Reservations are required!
BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE. Call us (612) 618-0512 for more information or special requirements.
We have a straw maze for little kids and a corn maze for those who are looking for more challenging fun! Join us also for hay rides, picnics and other outdoor fun!
Schedule A Tour:
Cost: $5.00 per person (including chaperones). Teachers are free. $50.00 minimum group rate.
Scheduling: Tours are typically scheduled for 1-1/2 – 2 hours. Call (715) 448-3502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your group.
Maiden Rock Apples is visited by many tours throughout the year.
Call or email to schedule your group. We welcome school, daycare, church and other groups for special tours of the orchard. Each orchard tour is customized for the group, and may include a short discussion about our what we grow, our cultivation methods, and opportunities to pick your own apples, pumpkins, gourds and squash. Examples are given below:
For several elementary school groups, for instance, we organized a Pumpkin Pick where the guided tour included a short discussion about our Giant Pumpkins as well as other varieties of pumpkins and gourds. They picked their own pumpkin for carving, decorating, or cooking; visited our Skunk Hollow Maze; went on a Wagon Ride; and played Pumpkin Golf, Pumpkin Bowling, and other Fun & Games selected by the tour planners to make their tour an exciting time for all!
Groups of junior and senior high science students the guided tour included a short discussion about the Science of Apples. They had an Apple Tasting to determine their favorite variety. Then they divided into small groups to survey the orchard operation in terms of Land Use, Conservation Practices, Cultivation Methods, and Pest Management. They reported in the large group what they learned and received their favorite apple to enjoy with new appreciation!
Tips for teachers and others in planning educational trips to the orchard can be found at http://www.waga.org/ed.html
Each tour is customized for the group, and may include a brief orchard walk along with a short discussion of our fruit and cider/winemaking. Visitors are given basic guidelines for tasting and evaluating cider and wine, while sampling some of our offerings.
Classes & Supplies
Upon request, we provide classes and personalized tutorials in hard cider and wine making. Contact us for more information.
Equipment & Supplies
We offer a basic selection of products for making hard cider, mead, and wine.
Cider Apples and/or Juice - Fresh apples and/or fresh-pressed, unpasteurized juice for making hard cider.
Starter Kits - Basic cider, mead and winemaking equipment
Ingredient Kits - Complete kits to make grape wine and mead (wine made from honey)
Essential Equipment - Tools for hard cider, mead and winemaking, including siphon tubing, racking canes, tubing clamps...
Essential Ingredients - Yeasts, finings, acids, additives...
Bottling Supplies - Bottles, corks, shrink capsules, corkers...
Wine Serving - Corkscrews and other wine merchandise
Books - Instructional guides for hard cider, mead and winemaking