Find local wineries with the Minnesota Grown Directory published by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Our online Directory provides quick access to farm details, links to their website and access to Google Maps driving directions. Minnesota is home to more than 600 vineyards & our Directory has a record-breaking 40 wineries listed!
Minnesota wineries make the perfect day trip, weekend getaway, girls night out, or date activity. Some wineries are also available for weddings, birthday dinners, retirement parties, or other events. With Minnesota’s beautiful landscapes, spring summer & fall weather, and great tasting wines – it’s no wonder why these wineries are great destinations and keep expanding!
There has been amazing growth in the number of vineyards and wineries in Minnesota since the first opened here in 1978. In fact, there are several farm winery “wine trails” to make it easy for visitors to explore our wineries.These trails wind through areas of the state visiting beautiful farm wineries right here in Minnesota. In addition to the chance to taste and purchase their wines, most wineries offer more experiences, as well.
Check for tours, food and wine pairings, and other special events including live music, festivals and, during the fall harvest, grape stomps! For more information on Minnesota Wine Escapes please visit: Explore Minnesota.
- The Three Rivers Wine Trail was the first wine trail including five of Minnesota’s oldest wineries in the Saint Croix, Mississippi, and Cannon River Valleys.
- The Upper St. Croix Wine Traill includes five family-owned wineries along the picturesque St. Croix National Scenic Riverway! This beautiful landscape and unique climate, geography, and environment contributes to the exceptional qualities of this region’s wine.
- Three of the oldest wineries in the state of Minnesota offering internationally award winning wines are settled along the St. Croix Wine Trail.
- The Heartland Wine Trail includes seven friendly wineries nestled amongst rolling river valleys in the glacial lakes region of western Minnesota.
- The Great River Road Wine Trail includes nine wineries from three states along the beautiful Mississippi River.
- The Lake Pepin Wine Trail lets you follow your taste buds around one lake visiting four wineries in two states!
For more information on Minnesota Wine Trails, visit this page created by the Minnesota Farm Winery Association.
All of these wineries and more are part of the Passport to Minnesota Wine program from the Minnesota Grape Growers Association. For $25, the passport includes 10 tastings at any of the participating wineries. Interested in exploring the state? This passport is a great way to see the beautiful landscapes of Minnesota wine country! Get to know local winemakers and meet new friends at scenic and delightfully tasty wineries right here in Minnesota. The Winery Passport also makes for a great gift for the wine aficionado in your life.
Grapes, Wine, and the University of Minnesota
Much of the growth of Minnesota’s wine industry can be attributed to the University of Minnesota, which is recognized for having one of the top wine grape programs in the United States. Their goal is to develop high quality, cold hardy, and disease resistant grape cultivars. They have developed four outstanding cold-hardy wine grapes: Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, La Crescent and Marquette. With a state-of-the-art enology lab and research winery, the University of Minnesota is a valuable resource for an industry that has its sights set on continued growth! The grape and wine industry has added $59 million dollars annual to the Minnesota economy since 2011. Read the following wine profiles of the University of Minnesota’s award winning cultivars below.
Frontenac: Frontenac’s deep garnet color complements its distinctive cherry aroma and inviting palate of blackberry, black currant, and plum. This versatile grape can be made into a variety of wine styles, including rosé, red, and port.
Frontenac Gris: Frontenac gris wines present aromas of peach and apricot with hints of enticing citrus and tropical fruit. A brilliant balance of fruit and acidity creates lively, refreshing wines. Unique and complex flavors make this an excellent grape for table, dessert, and ice wines.
La Crescent: La Crescent’s intense nose of apricot, peach, and citrus lends itself to superior quality off-dry or sweet white wines. Produced in a Germanic style, La Crescent wine is reminiscent of Vignoles or Riesling. The grape’s high acidity provides good structure for excellent dessert or late-harvest style wines.
Marquette: Marquette’s high sugar and moderate acidity make it very manageable in the winery. Finished wines are complex, with attractive ruby color, pronounced tannins, and desirable notes of cherry, berry, black pepper, and spice on both nose and palate. As a red wine, Marquette represents a new standard in cold hardy viticulture and enology.
Did you know? Only 1 in 10,000 tested seedlings become a new grape variety!
To learn more about cold-hardy grape varieties or the wine industry, visit the following associations or organizations.