Our Voyageur wine was named for the French/Canadian pioneers who paddled their way through the St. Lawrence Seaway, all the way to Hastings, Minnesota, on the Mississippi River. Our 4th great grandfather, Alexis Bailly, was one of those Voyageurs who we honor with this wine.
Our Voyageur reflects that same pioneering spirit. Our old world grape varieties came from France (Marechal Foch and Leon Millot) and are the oldest vines in our vineyard, dating back to the original plantings made by David Bailly in 1973. Blended with Frontenac, our new world variety that was developed at the University of Minnesota and released as the answer to a cold hardy wine grape for northern growers in 1996.
The wine is deeply colored with rich flavor; bold and opulent fruit flavors of black berries and smoky vanilla aromas from extensive aging in new mid-western oak barrels. Voyageur is a wonderfully balanced wine that drinks soft and supple when young yet rewards you with greater complexity as it ages.
Style: A dry red table wine, full-bodied
Alcohol: 13% with no residual sweetness
Grapes: Marechal Foch, Leon Millot, Frontenac (Minnesota Estate Grown)
Cellar: Drink now or 2 – 4 years
Food Match: Grilled meats, hearty stews, wild game
MEDALS AWARDED TO VOYAGEUR
"Best Wine of North America" - Vino Challenge, Atlanta,GA
Gold - Vino Challenge, Atlanta, GA
Silver - Grand Harvest Awards, New York
Silver - International Eastern Wine Competition, New York
Silver - Indiana International Wine Competition
Bronze - National Women's Wine Competition
Bronze - American Wine Society