Going Hollywood at Glacial Ridge Winery

By Randy Gutzmann

Ron and Kim Wothe opened Glacial Ridge Winery, located north of Willmar between Spicer and New London, in August 2007. If you haven’t been in that part of the state for a while, you should definitely plan to make a trip to go back again. As Kim and Ron say, their backyard is filled with many lakes and recreational areas, which, when paired with a visit to the winery, makes for a wonderful weekend away from the city.

Ron and Kim Wothe

Ron and Kim Wothe, courtesy of Glacial Ridge Winery

Glacial Ridge is located at the home of Jimmy Appleseed Orchard, which has over 800 apple trees boasting 12 different varieties of apples. In the fall, when apples are in season, they’re offered for sale at the winery along with pumpkins, apple cider and caramel apples. Delicious!

The winery was actually originally built as a bait and minnow house. The building was then converted to an apple house for selling fresh apples and frozen apple pies. They produce wine in the newly renovated Wine Pavilion, which also houses the event center. I’ve seen the event center set up and fully decorated for an event, and it is fabulous.

Glacial Ridge Wines

Courtesy of Glacial Ridge Winery

Sample Glacial Ridge Winery’s Award-Winning Wine

The winery features a distinctive barrel room and sit-down lounge area where visitors can sample the specialty wines Glacial Ridge Winery produces on-site. Several of their wines use a play on words in the title, like the “Zinful Bastard” and “Call Me a Cab.”

A couple of their popular wines include:

  • Castle Red: A beautiful treat for the senses of both the beginner as well as experienced red wine drinker. Beginning with its beautiful garnet color, leading to its multi-layered captivating aroma and finally tantalizing your tongue with sweet, smooth berry tones. Made with Minnesota’s own cold-hardy Frontenac grape cultivar.
  • Wicked: A little sweet, a little naughty and wickedly smooth: a crowd-pleaser! Made with a blend of Cabernet and Minnesota-grown Frontenac grapes, lightly sweetened.

Be sure to check out the beautiful patios, located throughout the grounds of the property. The front patio and main stage patio are great places to enjoy wine and pizza. One of the newest additions is a walking and picnic area carved through the woods and looking out at the apple orchard. It’s a great place to plan a romantic picnic for two.

Kim and Ron say they love to have fun at Glacial Ridge Winery and host a variety of special events throughout the year. Some of their most popular events include a summer concert series, the annual grape stomp and parties in the pavilion.

Glacial Ridge Winery Goes Hollywood

Courtesy of Glacial Ridge Winery

“Glacial Ridge Winery Goes Hollywood” 

The winery will have several of their wines shown in upcoming movies and TV shows, and they’ve decorated the tasting room with Hollywood and movie-themed decor and props for a fun atmosphere. Kim told me even their events will continue the Hollywood theme, most notably for the Grape Stomp coming up Sept. 10 and Harvest Fest, a family fun day, on Sept. 25. Other upcoming events will include movie and TV theme nights as the shows and movies featuring their wines are announced, so stay tuned!

Glacial Ridge Winery is located in Spicer, Minnesota. For more information, visit www.glacialridgewinery.com or find them on Facebook by searching “Glacial Ridge Winery.”

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