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

Related Articles

Ice Castle Wonderland Lights Up the Night in Stillwater

Ice structures shaped like frozen waterfalls, ice slides, tunnels and mazes bring a little magic to the chilly winter season.

Top Minnesota Events in January

Moveable Feast: MnMo editor Rachel Hutton and MPR Classical’s John Birge preview top events in the state this month

The Great Northern: Minnesota's Newest Tradition

The collection of outdoor food and drink events features some of the Twin Cities' best chefs
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

Recent Minnesota Journeys Posts

Ice Castle Wonderland Lights Up the Night in Stillwater

Ice structures shaped like frozen waterfalls, ice slides, tunnels and mazes bring a little magic to the chilly winter season.

Top Minnesota Events in January

Moveable Feast: MnMo editor Rachel Hutton and MPR Classical’s John Birge preview top events in the state this month

The Great Northern: Minnesota's Newest Tradition

The collection of outdoor food and drink events features some of the Twin Cities' best chefs

Top 5 Outdoor Ice Rinks in the Twin Cities

From the classic favorites to new additions, lace up (and bundle up) at these popular metro ice skating rinks

Minnesota Holiday Events Guide

From bright lights, to shopping, to Santa’s jolly grin, these festive events throughout the state are sure to enhance your holiday spirit
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags