Southern Wine Trail
Alexis Bailly is Minnesota's oldest vineyard. The elegant dry table wines from the Hiawatha Valley vineyard of the Upper Mississippi, have earned Alexis Bailly Vineyard national acclaim and Minnesota unlikely fame in the wine-drinking world.
Located in historic downtown Cannon Falls, the Cannon River Winery offers wine tastings as well as guided tours of the winery and walking tours of their scenic vineyard in the beautiful Sogn Valley, just a couple miles away.
Nestled amidst the Mississippi River bluffs, the picturesque vineyard and winery is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon picnic with your friends and family. The family winery specializes in northern variety award winning wines including Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, La Crescent, Prairie Star, Seyval, and Marquette.
Flower Valley Vineyard and Winery was established thirteen years ago on our family farm by Dave, Mary, and Tom Mohn. For generations this 9-acre land has yielded excellent crops. Being uniquely situated in a valley, the small size of the fields has made it less conducive to the large-scale operating systems of modern farming. However, the sandy soil in this area drains well, making it a perfect medium for growing grapes; and hence, our first vines were planted here in 2002 on the gently sloping hillside of the farm.
In 2012 we opened our tasting room where we proudly grow almost all the grapes in our wines on the more than 4,100 vines in our own vineyard.
Herdie Baisden of Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery is often asked how he got into making these products, and his usual answer is that it started as a hobby. This is partly true, in that he started as a homebrewer with the purchase of a wine starter kit around 2002. Several years before then, however, Herdie and his wife Carol Wiersma had purchased an 80-acre farm outside the village of Stockholm, Wisconsin, to establish an apple orchard. The apple varieties they planted included a number that are more often grown in southwestern England and were suitable for the production of hard cider and wine. So, from the beginning of their farming venture, Herdie and Carol planned to produce products made from fermented apple juice as well as fresh fruit, preserves, and baked goods.
The winery name – Bellezza, the Italian word for beauty – is inspired by our area's stunning river bluffs and sparkling Lake Pepin views. Building materials and colors were taken from the landscape in order to create a space that would live in harmony with its surroundings. The architectural style is inspired by century old villas of southern Europe, with several stucco and stone buildings surrounding a central piazza.
Vino in the Valley is a unique, outdoor dining experience designed to stimulate all your senses. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, as well as Sunday afternoons, May through September (with additional weekends October through December), enjoy a glass of wine and a pasta dinner among the vines in an outdoor setting nestled in the heart of the Rush River Valley.
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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.