An old Hamm’s brewery in St. Paul
is now home to
11 Wells, which uses
Minnesota-grown corn in its flagship
product, a moonshine dubbed Minnesota
13. Stop by for a tour or make a night of it
in the Millwright Cocktail Room.
New to the scene, Lawless Distilling Co.
knowledgeable about the unique
varietals, many of which use cold-hardy
grapes developed by the University of
Minnesota to thrive in a northern climate.
The state boasts more than 40 wineries
that are open for tours, tastings and
special events including concerts and
harvest festivals. Some options include
Falconer Vineyards & Winery in Red
Wing, Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery
in southern Kasota and Forestedge
Winery in northwestern Laporte, plus
plenty of others worth discovering, too.
“More (Minnesota) wineries are focused
on drier and more table-friendly wines,”
says Terri Savaryn of Sovereign Estate in
Waconia. “When people understand what
a great Minnesota wine is supposed to
taste like, they develop a palate for it.”
Developing that palate may be
a li;le easier with the Passport to
Minnesota Wine. The $25 passport,
available at mngrapes.org, grants the
holder tastings at any 10 of the 35
participating wineries. Plan your trip
along one of Minnesota’s wine trails,
and find out about upcoming winery
events and festivals at mnwine.org.
serves house-made concoctions in its
cozy Minneapolis cocktail room.
Since Minnesota’s first winery opened
in 1978, the state’s wines continue to
win fans as consumers become more
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