Our Secret to Seriously Delicious Wine?
1 Lifetime of Culinary Experience + 2 Generations of Farming
Being uniquely situated in the picturesque Flower Valley in Red Wing, Minnesota; we have the perfect area for grape-growing (not to mention a legitimately scenic drive!) For generations, our land has yielded our family excellent crops, and in 2002 we planted our first vines on a gently sloping hillside of our farm. Combine that with a lifetime of experience in catering, and we're making delicious, award-winning wines.
In 2012 we opened our tasting room where we proudly grow almost all the grapes in our wines. Enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi River bluffs as you walk through our vineyard and taste our wines!
Our Wine Varieties
Blue Bell: This grape is a dark blue species, very similar to the well-known Concord grape. The University of Minnesota developed the Blue Bell grape early in the 1900s to be used as a table grape and jelly grape. Blue Bell were the very first grapes we planted at the vineyard and we still grow it to make jelly.
Frontenac: The Frontenac grape was developed at the University of Minnesota to survive Minnesota’s harsh winters. This relatively heavy producing grape makes a deeply colored red wine with a blackberry fruit notes. Frontenac usually spends a year in oak barrels before it is bottled. Several different types of wine can be made from this versatile grape. It usually ripens in mid to late season after the Foch and has a high sugar level but its acidity makes malolactic fermentation necessary. It is also used to produce excellent port wines and can be used to make a very fine tasting jelly.
Frontenac Gris: A slight variation of Frontenac as a naturally occurring mutation of the Frontenac vine. It produces a light reddish colored fruit. and makes a white wine with a peach and tropical fruit notes.
La Crescent: The wine from this grape has a wonderful apricot flavor and is worthy of any table; and is highly sought after by winemakers. However, the common statement about La Crescent is 'Love the wine, hate the vine': growing this grape definitely has its struggles with the winter but is worth the effort as most people agree that it produces one of the finest of white wines from cold-hardy grapes.
Maréchal Foch: A French hybrid grape that produces a wonderful fruity burgundy style dry red table wine. Maréchal Foch was named after the French commander Ferdinand Foch of the allied armies of the First World War. Its tolerance for cold winters have created a resurgence for it by Minnesota grape growers.
Marquette: Compares rather well to a pinot noir–like red wine, producing an attractive deep red color, desirable aromas of cherry, black pepper, spice, berry, and moderate tannin structure. This grape is one of the the newest varieties on the scene released by the University of Minnesota in 2005.Prairie Star: A white grape often used in blending with other wines to enhance their flavor, but also stands well on its own. Prairie Star was developed by the late Elmer Swenson, the dean of viticulture.
WINEMAKER: Martin Polognioli
Martin Polognioli; also the winemaker at St Croix Vineyards, is truely passionate about wine. A native of Buenos Aires with a degree in Chemical Engineering, he came to the US in 2003 with the U of M MAST Program in grape growing and wine-making. He enjoys working with the unique grapes that can grow well in harsh Midwest climates, producing flavorful Minnesota wines. Outside of work he enjoys spending time outdoors bike riding the Minnesota trials, playing soccer, hiking and camping with his family.
Historic Barn Events
Our farm is home to the E.J. Fryck Barn built in 1872, which is on the Federal Registrar for historic places for its historical use during the wheat-growing era which whickly declined and was replaced by much larger dairy barns.Our barn has been host to a number of events (check out our upcoming ones), and we'd love to host your event too. The Fryck barn is just one of several beautiful locations we have on-site.
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