Buffalo Rock Winery welcomes guests to stop by to sample a wide variety of wines produced and bottled onsite from cold-climate fruits. This woman-owned, boutique winery is located just 18 miles west of I-494 off of Highway 55 between Rockford and Buffalo, Minnesota. All wines are produced in very limited volumes and are only available direct-to-guests in the tasting room!
Parley Lake Winery’s hand-crafted wines have won 50 medals including eight Gold in National competitions. They are located in the country just outside of Waconia with over 125 rolling wooded acres and are adjacent to the Carver Park Reserve. They offer the chance to experience seven acres of Vineyards, 20 acres of orchards, and locally grown and produced wines. Their Apple Barn at Deardorff Orchards and tasting room is a favorite by many!
Growing nine acres of grapes on about 5,000 vines, Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery grows eight different varieties bred by either Elmer Swenson or the University of Minnesota. The vineyard is really where the wine is made. Their winery boasts some impressive modern wine making equipment, but also value older, more traditional wine making methods as well, most notably, barrels and the value they have with producing our more robust wines.
Minnesota’s First Winery & Brewery! Creating award-winning wines and distinctive, custom brews. The modern rustic tasting and tap room features a wine barrel room, outdoor pavilion, and lake & vineyard views. All products are made on-site and range from big reds and dry whites, to a line of sparkling wines. 5 flagship brews and a rotating selection of seasonal brews. There’s a little something for everyone. Tastings, flights, by the glass & bottle sales available.
Sovereign Estate Winery rests on 50 acres of picturesque grounds with incredible views of Lake Waconia. At Sovereign Estate, they use a variety of hybrid and Vinifera grapes grown in their own vineyard, in vineyards around Minnesota, and in vineyards in other cold-climate regions around the country. They produce wine ranging from completely dry to very sweet, from very fruity to rich and oaky. Stop by their tasting room to sample some wine and try a variety of appetizers that are offered.
Located just 25 minutes outside of the Twin Cities, Painter Creek Winery & Cidery is nestled next to Minnetonka Orchards, a beautiful orchard with over forty rolling acres of apple trees. Enjoy their wines on the front patio on a beautiful day or inside their cozy tasting room. They also have a variety of cider and non-alcoholic beverages to choose from.
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Tasting fees are not included in transportation pricing and range between $5 – $10 per person and are paid directly to each vineyard.