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.
Cannon River Winery
421 Mill St. W.
Cannon Falls, MN
Cannon River Winery produced the official Winter Ice Wine of the St. Paul Winter Carnival 2011 which was also the carnival’s 125th Anniversary. Wines are handcrafted onsite down in Cannon Falls, though the grapes are grown on the vineyard in Sogn Valley a few miles away. The winery is open year-round while the picturesque vineyard opens to the public during harvesting and for special events.
WineHaven Winery and Vineyard
9757 292nd St.
Chisago City, MN
Thirty-five miles north of the Twin Cities in Chisago Lakes Region is the charming WineHaven Winery and Vineyard. The 50-acre estate is located between three lakes – Lake Ellen, Green Lake and Lake Martha. Guests can stop in and sample a variety of grape, honey, and fruit wines or visit during one of the festivals New Vintage Days in April, the Raspberry Festival in July and a Harvest Tour and Tasting in September.
Carlos Creek Winery
6693 County Road 34 NW
Alexandria, MN 56308
As Minnesota’s largest winery, Carlos Creek in Alexandria is more like a year-round destination offering not only wine tastings but also North America’s largest living maze, live music, rows of orchards and surrey bike rentals. Winter months bring dog sledding and cross country skiing. Don’t forget your souvenir Carlos Creek wine glass when you stop in for a tasting.
3572 Old Tyler Road
Red Wing, MN 55066
Falconer Vineyards in Red Wing provides guests with award winning wine alongside scenic grounds to enjoy a picnic or the option to relax with a glass of wine and a wood fired pizza at the onsite Vineyard Bistro which overlooks the vineyard’s 6.5 acres.
18200 Kirby Avenue South
Hastings, MN 55033-9340
Alexis Bailly Vineyard welcomes guests to not only sample their tasty wines, but shop their variety of local cheese, crackers, salami and olives to enjoy with a glass of wine on vine-covered deck while enjoying the vineyard views.
St. Croix Vineyards
6428 Manning Avenue
Stillwater, MN 55082
Wine lovers can enjoy a wide range of tastings at the Saint Croix Vineyard tasting room in Stillwater which range from oak-aged Frontenac to the dessert-sweet Raspberry Infusion. Afterward, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the property or relax with a pond-side picnic.
223 Main St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
The next time you’re antique shopping in Stillwater stop into Northern Vineyards wine shop on Main Street for samples of local Minnesota wines. Over the summer months expect to hear live music and be sure to visit the winery’s back terrace for pretty views of the St. Croix River and the historic lift-bridge.
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