Carlos Creek Winery
Is Minnesota the new Napa? These wineries and vineyards hold their own.
With 160 acres of rolling hills and grape vines, Carlos Creek Winery is the type of place where you can you forget you’re in Minnesota. But make no mistake, this is Minnesota wine.
The socks are coming off and the juices will be flowing this weekend at Carlos Creek Winery. The annual Grape Stomp gives visitors a chance to see and feel how wine was made the old-fashioned way, starting with a pair of bare feet.
All this week, Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are goin’ to the lake. On Tuesday, they headed to Alexandria, Minn. There — on a sunny day with highs in the 80s — the duo visited the Maritime Museum, a winery and even went surfing.
While not exactly a hidden gem anymore, the crystal clear waters of Lake Miltona offer a welcome respite for anglers and pleasure cruisers alike, with more than 5,800 acres of surface area and 15 miles of shoreline to explore just north of Alexandria. The fishing is spectacular year-round, and three resorts right on the lake offer a multitude of lodging options to help unlock everything from safe, sandy shores to mid-lake reefs and the joys of its 150-foot watery depths. For a picturesque destination not too far from home, Lake Miltona is a must.
Minnesota’s lush and fertile ground makes our region a haven for fresh produce so it should be no surprise we have a number of thriving wineries in the area.