Voted “Best Wine in MN” by MN Monthly Nov. 2012. Our signature wine combines the original French varieties planted in our vineyard in 1973 with Frontenac, a modern University of Minnesota selection. Aged for 1 year in new American oak, our wine is full bodied, smooth and flavorful. The Voyageur was voted “Best Wine made in America” at the Atlanta International Wine Competition when first released. Drink now or cellar for 3-5 years. Click here for more details.
This unique fortified dessert wine is made from our red grapes then infused with the flavors of oranges and other natural herbs and spices. An old world wine we learned to make in the south of France where the wine was historically used to toast the “ratification” of a treaty. Serve as an aperitif over ice, blend into a cocktail, or serve on its own for dessert. Click here for more details.
A rich, deeply colored dessert wine made in the style of a ruby port, fortified and sweetened with the natural sugars of late harvested, lusciously ripe grapes. Serve slightly chilled as an aperitif, or at room temperature as an after dinner drink. Classic companions include blue-veined cheeses, roasted walnuts and ripe pears. Click here for more details.
A dry red table wine from a stellar vintage. Aged for one year in new American oak, our wine maker, Nan Bailly, considers this her finest Frontenac ever. Released by the U of MN in 1990, Frontenac was the first named wine grape to come out of the U’s newly funded research into cold climate viticulture. Click here for more details.
The “traditional” GSM blend is Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre - three grapes that have been blended together in the South of France for centuries. Our Minnesota GSM replaces the “M” with Marquette, a grape that was developed at the University of Minnesota and grown here. Medium to full bodied dry red wine, with bright fruit up front and depth of flavor, this is great with any grilled mediterranean cuisine.
A light bodied dry wine the Country Red is produced from several different grape varieties that reflect the winemaker's talent and creativity in combining a blend of flavors to achieve a well-balanced and delicious wine. Partially aged in oak barrels it is the perfect wine for everyday drinking. Click here for more details.
Our newest wine takes our port one step further by adding natural chocolate essence to a special blend of our Hastings Reserve creating a sexy and romantic dessert wine that captures the delicious alluring flavors of both the grape and, that most intoxicating flavor of all...chocolate. Click here for more details.
Seyval Blanc is our premium white wine, named for the French horticulturist who developed the variety. Dry, crisp and vibrant, Seyval is a good match with most light foods as well as seafood and garlicky pastas. Click here for more details.
Fruity, soft and slightly off dry, the Country White is your everyday quaffing wine. Like the "vin du pays" wines of France for which it is named, it is an easy wine made to drink young while the fruit is fresh and flavorful.Click here for more details.
A rich, full bodied white wine made from two U of M varieties, La Crescent (90%) and Frontenac Gris (10%).Best described as a cross between a German Auslese and a Spanish Sherry. At 3% residual sweetness and 15% alcohol, this is your perfect aperitif wine. Serve chilled with smoked ham, ripe olives, and toasted almonds. Click here for more details.
A deeply colored off-dry rosé (noir means black) which fits perfectly between a white and red wine. Light and flavorful, bursting with cherry fruit, the grapes are Foch and deChaunac, two red grapes pulled off their skins quickly at harvest to minimize both the color and intensity. Delightful on its own, or match it with equally light and lovely foods. Serve chilled. Click here for more details.
A brandy-infused wine aged 2 years in oak barrels; lightly sweet (8%) and warm (21% alcohol), our golden amber nectar has flavors of peaches, citrus, and figs. Serve chilled as an aperitif or at room temperature after dinner. Use it as a substitute for any brandy-based cocktail. Click here for more details.