About Us

The Pedretti Family Vineyard was established in 2002 when John Pedretti planted a few thousand grape vines on 39 scenic acres in the Town of Jefferson, Vernon County, atop a ridge seven miles northwest of Viroqua in Wisconsin's Driftless Area.

Just a couple of miles away Bob Starks and Loren Cade opened the first winery in Vernon County on Irish Ridge (Dahl Road) in the summer of 2006 and named it Vernon Vineyards. In 2012, John Pedretti purchased the retail and winery portions of Vernon Vineyards and relocated his newly acquired retail venture to an all new Tasting Room at S3426 Peterson Lane, right next to Pedretti's Party Barn, at the intersection of County Road Y and Peterson Lane. The purchase included the "recipes," inventory, naming rights and logo of the original corporation.

Over the years, there have been several expansions of the Pedretti Family Vineyards as newly developed cold-climate grapes from the University of Minnesota were added. John purchased 35 adjoining acres from his father (also John Pedretti), which included two barns, a house, and Pedretti's Party Barn. The Party Barn was converted from a dairy barn to a three-season event venue and hosted its first wedding in 1998. It was opened to the public in 2000. Hundreds of weddings, reunions and other celebrations took place there over the 18 that ensued. 

A new Pedretti's Party Barn, measuring 144 x 45 feet and integrating rustic decor with up-to-date amenities and safety features, was built in 2016. It is a four-season venue with climate control, self-contained restrooms, a furnished kitchen, a large loft with a projection screen, movable serving bars, and other features. It will comfortably seat 299 dinner guests, with ample program or activity space left over.

In April 2017, we were honored to learn that Vernon Vineyards had been nominated as the region’s Best Wedding Venue, in the La Crosse Tribune’s Best of the Best competition. Best Things Wisconsin also listed Vernon Vineyards as one of Wisconsin’s 10 best wineries.

The vineyard and venues continue to grow and develop. In 2016, thousands of grape vines were added--in full view from the Tasting Room and its covered deck, the sunny patio, and Pedretti's Party Barn with its large patio. Work is underway to further develop the landscaping and parking area for our guests' enjoyment and convenience.  We are also working on plans to move the processing plant from its former location on Dahl Road to our own 75 acre estate. For more information or to make an event reservation, please call Deanna at 608-632-7042 or email us at Pedrettis.PartyBarn@gmail.com.

 

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Fri - Sat: 12 Noon-8 p.m.
Sun, Wed, Thurs: 12 Noon-6 p.m.
(Open Mo & Tues. by Reservation Only)

Page Summary: Vernon Vineyards offers vineyards, wine shops, where to buy wine and vineyard wedding venues. Products such as grape vineyard, vineyard tour, party rooms as well as venues for parties are also part of the scope of our business. We also specialize in company events, party venues in La Crosse, Sparta, Holmen as well as Richland Center. Other areas we serve include Westby, Viroqua, Onalaska and Tomah. We also service Prairie Du Chien, West Salem and beyond.

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