There has been amazing growth in the number of vineyards and wineries in Minnesota since the first opened here in 1978. There are now more than 40 wineries in the state, and they make a great outing. In fact, several have organized as “wine trails” to make it easy for visitors to explore nearby wineries.
In addition to the chance to taste and purchase their wines, most wineries offer more experiences, as well. Check for tours, food and wine pairings, and other special events, including live music, festivals and, during the fall harvest, grape stomps.
The first record of grape growing in Minnesota dates back to 1870 when a German homesteader, Louis Suelter, developed at least 15 grape varieties on his farm in Carver, Minn. He noted, "I have produced several new types of vine through hybreeding, which will bring forth a completely new revolution in winegrowing."
The proliferation of vineyards and wineries in Minnesota has been the catalyst for popular activities such as tours, tastings and vineyard concerts. As this agritourism model continues to mature, various wineries have come together to form wine trails. Most of the destinations on these trails have tasting rooms, offer tours and host periodic events such as live music, prix fixe dinners with wine pairings, and the vineyard version of a harvest celebration: the grape stomp.
La proliferación de viñedos y bodegas en Minnesota ha sido el catalizador para las actividades populares, tales como excursiones, degustaciones y conciertos en los viñedos. Como este modelo de turismo rural sigue creciendo, varias vinícolas se han unido para formar rutas del vino
Minnesota’s fall harvest not only promises delicious food to eat, but also tasty things to drink. Wineries across the state celebrate this fruitful time of year with grape stomps, harvest festivals and tasting events, and visitors are invited to get in on the fun.
While Minnesota is known for producing foods like wild rice, sweet corn and blueberries, it’s the state’s drinkable crops that are making headlines. Wineries, breweries and distilleries – the latest local craze – continue to up the ante with new facilities, recipes and events, and they’re inviting visitors to come taste the results.
More than 40 wineries are part of the Passport to Minnesota Wine program.
With dozens of wineries scattered throughout the state, there's no need to fly to California to taste award-winning wines.
A short drive from the heart of the metro area, Hastings is a great getaway with Minnesota’s oldest winery, apple-picking at harvest time, and antique shopping in the historic downtown.
Follow the Mississippi through southeast Minnesota's charming, historic towns and partake of local theater, art, wine, and other attractions along the way.