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From Big River September-October 2010
Upper Mississippi Vineyards and Wineries



Parley Lake Winery

8350 Parley Lake Rd., Waconia, Minn., Est. 2005
Tasting $5. Tours of winery and vineyard.
Most popular: Marquette
Events: Anniversary party in Sept., Facebook

Northern Vineyards Winery

223 N. Main Street, Stillwater, Minn., Est. 1977, winery 1983
Tasting $5. Tours by appointment, for 10 or more.
Most popular: White
Events: Grape stomp every Sunday in Sept. (reservations required); Oct. 16-17, Federweisser and Roter Rauscher Festival; live music every Sun. afternoon and evening in Sept.

St. Croix Vineyards

6428 Manning Avenue, Stillwater, Minn., Est. 1992
Tasting $5. Tours by appointment and Sat-Sun. 1 p.m.
Most popular: Raspberry Infusion
Events: Sept. 11-12, Grape Stomp Festival with live music and stomping competition.

Alexis Bailly Vineyards

18200 Kirby Ave, Hastings, Minn., Est. 1978, winery 1983
Tasting $2, $5, $10.
Most popular: Voyageur
Events: Sept. tours showcase craftsman style of wine-making. Harvest party and release of Nouveau wines Nov. 6-7.

Cannon River Winery

421 Mill Street W., Cannon Falls, Minn., Est. 2001, Winery 2004
Most popular: Mill Street Red
Events: Oct. 16-17, Federweisser and Roter Rauscher Festival, a German-style festival of new wines.

Falconer Vineyards Winery

3572 Old Tyler Road, Red Wing, Minn.
Most popular: Frontenac Port
Tasting $5.
Events: Oct 8, Music in the Vines Concert.

Salem Glen Vineyard and Winery

5211 60th Ave SW, Rochester, Minn., Est. 2007
Tasting $5. Tours free.
Most popular: La Crescent (white)
Events: Music every Friday night and Saturday.

Whitewater Wines

10832 Fischer Hill Drive, Plainview, Minn., Est. 1996, winery 2010
Tasting $3, $5 or $7. Tours by appointment.
Most popular: Veronica.

Garvin Heights Vineyards

2255 Garvin Heights Rd, Winona, Minn., Est. 2007
Tasting $3. Tours by appointment.
Most popular: Saint Urho White
Events: Sept. 23, Grape Stomp and Lucille Ball Look-Alike Contest.

Scenic Valley Winery

101 Coffee St. W., Lanesboro, Minn., Est. 1984
Most popular: Razzle
Free wine tasting. No tours.


Massbach Ridge Winery

8844 S. Massbach Rd., Elizabeth, Ill., Est. 2003
Most popular: Daffodil White
Tasting $3. Informal tours.
Events: Sept. and Oct., Visitors can participate and enjoy harvest time.

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery

515 S. Main St., Galena, Ill., Est. 1985 in Galena
Tasting $3, downtown; free tours of winery at vineyard
Most popular: Oktoberfest
Events: Sept. 25, Fall Harvest Festival.

Rocky Waters Vineyard/Winery

2003 West Hanover Road, Hanover, Ill., Est. 1997, winery 2008
Tasting $5. Self-guided tours.
Most popular: Cedar Lake Blush
Events: Sept. and Oct., live music on the deck every Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Western Wisconsin

Chateau St. Croix Winery and Vineyard

1998A State Road 87, St. Croix Falls, Wis., Est. 2004
Tasting. Tours $6.
Most popular: Cheesehead White
Events: Vine and Dine Dinners — Sept. 10, Evening on the Mediterranean; Sept. 24, Bountiful Harvest; Oct. 1, Oktoberfest; Oct. 8, Beer Dinner German Style; Sept. 18-19, Fall Harvest Festival; Sept 26, Polocrosse Tournament.

Valley Vineyard

W10415 - 521st Ave., Prescott, Wis., Est. 2007
Free tasting and tours
Most popular: Marquette.

Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery

W12266 King Lane, Stockholm, Wis., Est. 2000
Free tasting. Tours.
Most popular: Harvest Apple Wine
Events: Sept. 25, Lake Pepin Food, Wine and Cider Festival in the orchard.

Danzinger Vineyards

S2015 Grapeview Lane, Alma, Wis., Est. 2003, winery 2010
Free tasting and tours of winery and vineyard
Most popular: Late Harvest St. Pepin
Events: Sept. 4, Grape Stomp.

Seven Hawks Vineyards

17 North St., Fountain City, Wis., Est. 2001, Winery 2006
Tasting free, tours by appointment
Most popular: Smiling Moon.

Elmaro Vineyard

N14898 Delaney Rd., Trempealeau, Wis., Est. 2005, winery 2010
Call ahead for tastings and tours (608-385-8043).

Vernon Vineyards

S3457a Dahl Road, Viroqua, Wis., Est. 2001, winery 2006
Free tasting and tours
Most popular: Edelweiss
Events: Oct 9-10, Colors Galore, a celebration of painting and color in the vineyard.


Brush Creek Winery

16415-298 Avenue, Bellevue, Iowa, Est. 2007
Most popular: Hook, Line and Sinker
Tasting free, tours by appointment
Events: Creekfest Festival Sept. 4-6, wine-tasting, tours, wagon rides.

Eagles Landing Winery

127 North Street, Marquette, Iowa, Est. 1998, winery 2000
Most popular: Cheers
Tasting free
Events: Oct. 16-17, Oktoberfest.

Iowa Grape Vines Winery

45062 17th St., Preston, Iowa, Est. 2009
Free tasting.
Most popular: Sweet Emotions.

Park Farm Winery

15159 Thielen Rd., Bankston, Iowa, Est. 2005
Tasting $3. Tours on weekends and by appointment.
Most popular: Mississippi River Red
Events: Sept. 4, Grape Stomp with food, wine and Lucille Ball look-alike contest; Sept. 5, Toast and Jam, evening of wine and music; Sept. and Oct. Friday evenings, special dinners featuring wine and local foods.

Stone Cliff Winery

600 Star Brewery Drive, Port of Dubuque, Iowa, Est. 2001
Tasting $5, tours free
Most popular: Moscato
Events: Oct 9-10, Oktoberfest celebration with music, food, crafts and pumpkins.

Tabor Home Vineyards and Winery

3570-67th St., Baldwin, Iowa, Est. 1989, winery 1996
Tasting free, tours on request
Most popular: Barn Dance Red
Events: Sept. 5, Music in the Vineyard; Sept. 18, 14th Anniversary Festival; Oct. 10, Music in the Vineyard.

Wide River Winery

1776 East Deer Creek Road
Clinton, Iowa, Est. 2005
Most popular: Ms. Behavin’
Free tasting and tours.
Events: Sept. 5, Open house with music, food and entertainment.

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