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Best Wine Tasting In Minnesota

March 1, 2011 1:29 PM

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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.

Falconer Vineyards

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.

Alexis Bailly

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.

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Northern Vineyards

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.

– Beth Blair has turned a decade of travel industry experience into an action-packed travel writing career. She writes for various print and online publications and is co-founder of and Learn more about her at and find her on Twitter: @BethBlair.

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  • Sherry

    Love this website! Thanks ‘CCO!

  • Tim Hatch

    How does lush and fertile ground translate to quality wine? The best wine in the world has the worst soil.

    While corn grows well here I have not heard of any world class wines in Minnesota.

    Tim H.

    • strudelman

      Then go to Cannon River Winery and taste for yourself.

      • tim

        So their wines are better than France and Italy studelman?

  • Tabetha

    Yay! I grew up in Cannon Falls and so happy CR Winery is on your list. Their wines are delicious and have won many awards!

  • Joan Drexler

    It looks like the author never ventured away from the eastern border of the state. I’ve visited the Carlos Creek winery and will agree it’s a very nice place but the info. the writer included seemed like something off a website and that they through it in so as not to appear biased. I was disappointed not to see any mention of the Woodland Hills Winery in Delano – but that’s west of the metro. My husband and I have driven out there a number of times; not only do they have some very good wines, they hose a number of events year round and every one is done VERY CLASSY. Their Valentines dinner is nothing short of WOW!

  • Bill

    I am still trying to figure out the interest in Minnesota wines. We can’t grow grapes such as Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot due to the weather. Do some people like these wines better than California and France?

  • Tabetha

    Tim and Bill, you seem like some of those people who always has to complain about SOMETHING. Why don’t you get out and tour some of the many great wineries our state has. And see for yourself….I am pretty proud of the wines produced right here in MN. Unless your too uppity, then just stick with your fancy wines. This is simply an article put out there to showcase some wineries here in MN to try out. Get a life.

    • LML

      Another great story. Thanks.

  • Bill


    I look forward to your orange juice project in Minnesota or maybe your coffee bean project.


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    Whine and dine on Washington is the best.

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