The award-winning flavors of our wines start with our high quality grapes. Set atop the rolling hills of Minnesota’s Sogn Valley, our sunny 20-acre vineyard is home to more than 9,000 vines in a wide range of Minnesota varieties. By growing our own grapes, we ensure that our produce is of the highest quality, and in turn, our wines are beyond delicious.
Cannon River Winery owners John and Maureen Maloney selected the vineyard’s location for its high elevation, excellent drainage and ideal soils. With a degree in horticulture, John knew that Sogn Valley would provide the perfect growing conditions for our grapes. And it’s no coincidence that our vineyard is on the same latitude as some of the best grape-growing regions in France and Italy.
More than ten years ago, we began planting our cold-hardy grapes, which include Marquette, Foch, Frontenac, LaCrescent, St. Pepin and many more. These cold hearty vines can withstand the coldest Minnesota winters and show even more character as a result.
In early autumn, we invite our Minnesota neighbors to participate in the age-old tradition of harvesting our grapes by hand. This rare, time-consuming process preserves the integrity of the fruit and ensures that the purest product goes into the barrel. It’s a labor of love that connects us back to the earth and allows our neighbors to be part of the harvest.
Fresh off the vine, our experienced winemaker works meticulously to crush and de-stem the grapes before placing them in the in the tank where they blossom into our stunning selection of wines.
The Fall Grape Harvest
With lush vines, rolling hills and a 150-year-old timber frame barn, a visit to our Vineyard will make you swear you’ve just stepped off a plane to Napa Valley. Located just minutes from our Winery in downtown Cannon Falls, Minnesota, our Vineyard is the perfect place to experience a hands-on Grape Harvest experience. September will be here before we know it, & that means our Fall Grape Harvest is quickly approaching…we need your help to ensure prompt grape picking upon ripening of the fruit.
Join our Harvest “CReW”… Take an adventure, Gather some friends, plan a family outing, go on a date with that special someone – the more the merrier! We will host our Harvest on Saturdays & Sundays beginning in September until all grapes have been picked from the vine & brought back to the Winery. The Harvest start-date depends on weather patterns and ripeness of the fruit. Please keep an eye on our website & Facebook page for updates on exact dates & times as summer comes to an end.
We could never accomplish our Fall Harvest without our much appreciated Harvest CReW every year. We welcome up to 100 guests per Harvest shift For only $25.00 per person. Each 3-hour Harvest “picking-shift” includes an educational segment on viticulture, an hour or so of picking grapes as a team with our Vineyard Manager & staff, along with Winery & Vineyard owner, John Maloney. As a way to show our thanks for a hard day’s work, we’ll provide you with an alfresco dining experience & wine tasting in our Vineyard. After lunch, head back to the Winery in Downtown Cannon Falls to watch your grapes get crushed into the beginning stages of premium Cannon River Wine. Get out for the day & try something new. Or be a “Returning Member” of our Harvest CReW! do something good for yourself & our Community. Please join us & feel good about how you spend your afternoon.
Visiting the Vineyard
Looking for a unique outdoor venue for your wedding day? Our Vineyard is just that! With an amazing backdrop of Sogn Valley, our Vineyard is the perfect location for a beautiful setting – schedule your visit today!
Visit our events page to learn about upcoming events in our picturesque vineyard or contact us at 507-263-7400 for more information about hosting your special day or signing up for our fall grape harvest.