Western Wine Trail
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.
Schram Vineyards overlooks Reitz Lake in the perfect country setting. Their timber frame tasting pavilion boasts gorgeous views of the rolling 6 acre vineyard, where they grow 8 varieties of cold-hardy grapevines. They have created quality and award winning bottled wines that appeal to a variety of taste palates and also offer a unique effervescent honey wine on draft. As an added bonus, you can enjoy a game of Bocce Ball alongside the vineyard while enjoying a glass of wine.
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.
Experience Minnesota wine at its finest, in a beautiful country setting at Woodland Hill Winery. Taste their wines, relax, and unwind while enjoying a glass or a bottle of wine with friends or family, overlooking the vineyard. They have tours of the vineyard and winery on weekends to show you how they grow their grapes and make their wines. Shop in their boutique for that special gift, but most of all come enjoy and have fun.