Garvin Height Vineyards: Beautiful bluffs, growing grape vines and flavorful wines

By Randy Gutzmann Winona is a beautiful river town, a wonderful destination for a drive down the Mississippi River valley, and home to Garvin Heights Vineyards. The winery is located on the scenic bluffs high above the river, offering a unique view of five different valleys on Winona’s edge. A recent visitor wrote on TripAdvisor: […]

Growing Grapes with the Gentleman Farmer at Indian Island Winery

By Randy Gutzmann The Gentleman Farmer’s Growing Grape Expectations Winterhaven Vineyard and Nursery and Indian Island Winery are a true example of the wonderful spirit behind Minnesota’s farm wineries. The first time I heard the names Ray and Lisa Winter was about 12 years ago when my brother-in-law, Blake, was making the transition from full-time […]

Frontenac Gris: a cold-climate grape that makes a white wine with a light, tropical flavor and hints of green apple

By Neil Bahr Frontenac Gris, one of the five varieties of cold climate grapes developed by the University of Minnesota, makes a nice white wine and is used by wineries across the state and region. At Vinmark Estates, we grow two cold climate grape cultivars, Frontenac Gris (white) and Marquette (red). Both were planted in […]

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