Sip and Sample Your Way Through These Local Wineries

by | Oct 2019

A cheese plate and wines from Belle Vinez Winery, a winery in the St. Croix Valley.

A cheese plate and wines from Belle Vinez Winery, a winery in the St. Croix Valley. Photo: Tate Carlson

Celebrate the harvest season by raising a glass of locally sourced wine with friends and family.

Northern Vineyards Winery — Stillwater, MN (Editor’s Note: Northern Vineyards Winery closed for good Nov. 3, 2019)
Opened in 1977, Northern Vineyards Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Minnesota. Relax with a bottle of award-winning wine, while overlooking the beautiful St. Croix River. The vineyards are owned by members of the Minnesota Winegrowers Cooperative and crafts over 15 varieties using locally grown grape variations. Genevieve Gallagher took over as winemaker in 2018, after starting out as a home winemaker and winning ribbons at a variety of fairs. With over a dozen varietals, there is sure to be something for every palette. Explore the winery, enjoy the gift shop and stop in for walk-in wine tasting daily.
223 Main St. N., Stillwater, Minn.

Belle Vinez Winery — River Falls, WI
Belle Vinez, or “beautiful vines,” is Hudson’s family-friendly winery, featuring wine by the glass, bottle or flight, plus an array of appetizers, brick oven pizzas and a menu for the little ones. With special events and live music, there’s always something happening over at Belle Vinez. Join the Belle Vinez Wine Club for exclusive member-only events and discounts!
W10829 875th Ave., River Falls, Wis.

Cracked Barrel Winery — Hudson, WI
Crafting your own wine is just a part of the experience at Hudson’s Cracked Barrel Winery. With nearly 10 wines to choose from, it’s easy to relax at Cracked Barrel. Head into the fireplace room, sit out on the patio or stroll through the vineyard for a romantic, tranquil evening.
570 Coulee Trail, Hudson, Wis.

St. Croix Vineyards — Stillwater, MN
Look no further for great wine and even greater characteristics, because St. Croix Vineyards has it all. Owners Paul Quast, Peter Hemstad and Chris Aamodt invite guests to take a stroll through the vineyards, try the decadent wines and even pack a picnic lunch to enjoy during your tasting. Offering over 20 award-winning varietals, St. Croix Vineyards offers premium wines. To get a full experience of wine varieties offered, join the St. Croix Vineyards wine club and choose between 4, 6 and 12-bottle shipments, plus enjoy free wine tasting during your membership.
6428 Manning Ave., Stillwater, Minn.

Wild Mountain Winery — Taylors Falls, MN
Located on one of the highest points of Chisago County, Wild Mountain Winery combines stunning views and gold medal award-winning wines to create a one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience. White, red and specialty wines make up the 12 different choices, plus a selection of wood fired pizzas, local cheese and meat platters, chocolate, syrups and other gifts. Open Friday-Sunday, it’s the perfect weekend getaway. And, enjoy live music every Saturday night.
16906 Wild Mountain Rd., Taylors Falls, Minn.

Madison Avenue Wine & Spirits — Hudson, WI
Gather your friends, family and furry friends for an evening at Madison Avenue Wine & Spirits. 15 signature cocktails, six wine varietals, pizza and appetizers make up the menu — so there’s sure to be a little something for everyone. And Madison Avenue’s mascot, Jiggy the little white dog, has treats galore for pets. There’s live music every weekend, so head over to downtown Hudson for an unforgettable night.
1510 Swasey St., Hudson, Wis.


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