Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery: Where Minnesota wine and beer unite

By Randy Gutzmann

Waconia is an easy drive from the metro and Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery is just a couple miles south of town on a gravel road (a common feature of farm wineries I’ve mentioned in a previous post). When you pull into the parking lot, you see a small aluminum shed and the Schram home. Could a winery this size really be producing all their wines from this tiny shack?

My doubt was alleviated when I walked past the small metal structure to see a wonderful new building overlooking grape vines, a small lake and a grassy recreation area with a bocce ball court. Aaron and Ashley Schram are wonderful, ambitious, young people who are working hard at their now shared passion. Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery hosts a wide variety of fabulous events all season long that, as cliché as it sounds, have something for everyone. After meeting with them in their spacious tasting room, I’m excited for the future of Minnesota’s wine industry and, of course, beer, too 🙂

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

Courtesy of Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

Aaron and Ashley’s story begins about 10 years ago when they met at an Oktoberfest party in Minneapolis, where Aaron shared with Ashley his dream about wanting to start a vineyard and winery. Well, apparently Ashley found his passion and determination to be contagious, and she soon traded in her high-heels for rubber work boots.

The winery and vineyard officially planted its roots in 2008 when Aaron and Ashley found “a little slice of heaven” in Waconia, where they started a family, complete with two kids, two dogs and 4,000 grapevines. Countless projects later, the winery finally opened to the public in 2013.

Thanks to a friend and beer enthusiast, the two realized they had a lot of equipment that could be used to brew beer as well as produce wine. Given their fateful meeting at Oktoberfest, it seemed meant to be. They then selected a brewery crew, perfected their recipes and launched the brewery in June of 2014. Today, Schram Vineyards is the first singly owned and operated winery and brewery in Minnesota.

Schram Vineyards Wine

Courtesy of Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

Some of their popular wines featuring Minnesota grapes include:

  • Barnstormer: A very fruit-forward red blend with perceptible sweetness make this a lively and easy-drinking red: the perfect Minnesota blend!
  • Blossom: Our signature white blend featuring 4 Minnesota cold-hardy white grapes.  A brilliant balance of sweet and refreshing with apricot and tropical fruit flavors.
  • Coop de Blanc: A Minnesota blend featuring Frontenac Gris grapes delivers vibrant citrus flavors with an off-dry finish.

And while I’m definitely more of a wine person, I’d be remiss to not mention any of their beers. One of their featured brews is the Puddle Hopper IPA, their bitterest beer yet with a citrus aroma which uses locally grown hops.

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery is quickly becoming known as a must-stop destination spot where guests can taste and appreciate a variety of quality and serious wines alongside distinctive craft brews, all made right on-site. The Schram family still lives at the vineyard with their children and dogs, so if you see them walking by in their rubber boots, say hello!

For more information about Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery, visit www.schramvineyards.com or find them on Facebook by searching for “Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery.”

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