Did you know that Minnesota provides the perfect environment for growing grapes? And what comes from grapes? Wine! The Minneapolis metro area is peppered with wineries and they offer activities above and beyond the tasting of wine that will satisfy even the most discerning of palates.
Vineyards know that the best way to get the word out about their wine is to simply have connoisseurs taste it. But you don’t have to search the aisles and aisles of wine in a liquor store to find a local wine to try. It’s easier, and much more fun, to get it at the source and visit the vineyard.
Many wine lovers turned makers have capitalized on the rolling hills and ideal climate of the eastern metro area. Here are just a few wineries that are in the eastern part of Minneapolis:
- Saint Croix Vineyards – Stillwater, MN
- Northern Vineyards Winery – Stillwater, MN
- Willow Tree Winery – Ham Lake, MN
Most wineries have tasting rooms for you to sample their wines any day of the week. This will put a new spin on happy hour! Or, for a more special occasion, you can schedule a tour and learn all about the wine making experience.
During the summer and fall months, vineyards will throw events to get more people in their doors and tasting their wine. Many art fairs are hosted at local wineries for you to sample local wine and purchase local art. Imagine a Saturday afternoon spent meandering from booth to booth with a glass of specialty wine in your hand!
LivINN Hotels has three locations in the Minneapolis metro area. Our Burnsville, Maplewood, and Fridley hotels are all located within a short drive of at least one winery. So, the next time you’re looking for a weekend away with the girls or a unique anniversary celebration, come and visit us. We’ve got a pillow top mattress waiting for you!