Edit ModuleShow Tags

Carlos Creek Winery and Grape Stomp


Published:

I recently attended a wedding at Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, and I am now set on planning a trip back. Let me tell you why.

For one, I got a taste of the wine, and it really was excellent. Across 15 acres you’ll find cold-hearty grapes, some that can even withstand temperatures 30 degrees below zero without protection. Perfect for our crazy climate. They also have a number of apple trees, grown solely for wine production. I enjoyed the Harvest White, a not too sweet, not too dry wine that was introduced this year. But the most popular is the Minnesota Nice Hot Dish Red, a sweeter blend with touches of blackberry. Wine tastings are available at anytime and include five samples ($6, additional samples $1).

The second reason is simply because the property is beautiful. In total it's 150 acres, and it looks exactly as you’d want a Minnesota winery to. Set back from the main road, it’s green, lush and hilly. Interiors reflect more of a cabin style, with a converted horse barn for events. Complimentary tours of the winery are offered daily (1 p.m. and 3 p.m., plus 5 p.m. on Saturdays). Vineyard tours are also available, but need to be arranged one week in advance ($10).

Photo courtesy of Carlos Creek Winery

Upon researching my future trip here I learned about the winery’s annual Grape Stomp Festival (Sept. 13-15). And boy, am I remorse I’m not going to be there for it. The main event is, of course, the grape stomp. Here’s the lowdown: You need a team of two (a grape stomper and juice collector) and will compete with seven other teams, the winners of each advancing to that day’s grand championship. Costumes are both encouraged and rewarded, with the best winning a $25 gift card and bottle of wine. And even if you don’t participate in the Grape Stomp, you can still dress up. There’s a Minnesota nice costume contest on Friday, and a Lucille Ball look alike one on Saturday; winners of each will get a $50 gift card. Other events include wine sampling, live music, a barn dance, art, marketplace and food vendors, The Great American Lumberjack Show, chainsaw carving, glass blowing, helicopter rides, and a man cave featuring Schell’s beer.

If you’re able to make it up next weekend, I’ll be jealous. If not, still plan a trip; there’s plenty to do and great wine to be had year-round.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

InterContinental Hotel Opens at MSP Airport

New lodging, restaurants, spa, gym, and skyway update the MSP Airport experience

Plan a Trip to Roanoke, Virginia

This East Coast visit comes with history, a burgeoning craft beer scene, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Trail, and more

Cannon Falls Wine & Art Fest

Taste Minnesota wines and ciders, browse through local art vendors, and eat delicious food at Cannon Falls Wine & Art Fest, July 21-22

Day Trip to Taylors Falls

A Taylors Falls day trip made up of beautiful river views and a classic malt shop.

Record Store on Wheels

Like a food truck, but for music—and debuting this Sunday at Open Streets Minneapolis

Green Thumb Gardens

The 2018 Hennepin County Master Gardener Learning Garden Tour flaunts its foliage July 14

Best Caves of Minnesota

Explore Minnesota’s man-made and natural curiosities this summer

Amble Over to Afton

While you’re in Afton for Selma’s, stay a while and check out the state parks, historic buildings, quaint downtown, and more

Take a Trip for (Frozen) Treats

Grab a scoop from the state’s oldest ice cream shop in Afton: Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour

Journeys: A Minnesotan’s Happy Place

Time wasted at the lake is time well spent

Journeys: The Start of Adventure

To prep for wilderness canoe trips, Les Voyageurs brings campers out on the Mississippi River

Top 5 Instagram Spots Along the Mississippi River

Bluffs, hiking trails, and waterfalls make for beautiful summer photos

Summer Sunburn Solutions

Six ways to beat the burn

Brews and Views at the Hopped Up Caribou Festival

There's no better place to tie the knot than at a craft beer festival, and if you're not into that, you can cliff climb, too
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags