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

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: January

This month's philanthropic events: the winners of a pork showdown, and Swedish pottery

6 Places That Give MN Hipster Cred

Crocodiles and third-wave coffee and decomposing plushies—these are a few of our favorite (and most "hipster-y") things across the state

Sara Groves: Hymns in a Tiny Sanctuary

The singer recorded her latest album in the small church building that she transformed into a community center for creativity

Minnesota Businesses Adapt to Warmer Winters

As Minnesota winters get warmer, some businesses struggle, while others adapt the state's snowy identity

Go Deep: MN's Most Unique Tourist Spots

Destinations for those looking for the weirder, lesser-known side of the Twin Cities

So Much to Celebrate at the Best of Minnesota Party

Nearly 700 guests enjoyed Minnesota Monthly’s inaugural Best of Minnesota Party, on November 30, at Lumber Exchange Event Center, presented by The Saint Paul Hotel.

Not Your Typical Date Night Ideas

Scrap dinner and movie and try one of these unique date ideas instead.

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: December

Sue Z.'s ideas for giving back this holiday season include donating food while taking in the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train—and perusing food trucks

Join the Fun at the Best of Minnesota Party 2017

Celebrate the best of Minnesota with food, drinks, live music, and games downtown Minneapolis November 30.

"So Bright the Star": Singing in the St. Thomas Christmas Concert

The University of St. Thomas sings at Orchestra Hall this Sunday

Alternatives to Black Friday Shopping During Thanksgiving Weekend

Skip the Black Friday crowds this year and celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with one of these family-friendly events.

Minnesota Love in 3 New Books

The Boundary Waters, First Avenue, and fun facts about Minnesota—all highlighted in these recent publications

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities Around the Twin Cities

While counting your blessings on Thanksgiving, think ahead to helping others in December by volunteering your time at one of these locations around the Twin Cities metro.

What Else To Do on Black Friday: Alternative Plans across the State

Things to do on Black Friday in Minnesota—other than shop
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags