New owner of unique Minnesota winery introduces significant plans to increase wine production, upgrade corporate headquarters and expand overall business
Cannon Falls, Minn. – September 27, 2016 – Representatives of Cannon River Winery, a unique Minnesota-based winery and popular event venue, announced ambitious plans to increase the operation’s wine production and distribution as well as expand its corporate offices. Cannon River Winery was acquired in August of this year by Minnesota businessman and entrepreneur Ron Stowell. Founders John and Maureen Maloney remain minority owners of the company.
“Cannon River Winery represents the best part of a growing preference among Minnesotans for high quality, homegrown products,” said President and CEO Ron Stowell. “From our award-winning wines handcrafted by expert winemakers, to the extraordinary weddings and events held at our location, the Winery has built an incredible brand over the past fourteen years. By increasing production, distribution and brand recognition, we plan to take John and Maureen’s original vision to the next level.”
Stowell’s specific plans for Cannon River Winery include a 20,000 square foot addition to the company’s current corporate headquarters. The number of existing vines will be increased from 9,000 to 20,000 to achieve a goal of doubling the vineyard’s wine production within three years. The company’s growth plans will likely result in the creation of new jobs for those in the area. Other plans include increased restaurant distribution and a renewed focus on branding and communications.
Cannon River Winery is known not only for its award-winning wines, but also as a memorable event venue for weddings, meetings and other events. The facility includes a vintage warehouse that has been meticulously remodeled into an event center offering space for as many as 250 guests, featuring a grand hall, modern caterer’s kitchen and wine bar. Cannon River Winery has become one of the most popular wedding venues in Minnesota, hosting on approximately 50 weddings per year, in addition to numerous business meetings and unique arts and entertainment events.
“Cannon River Winery is an anchor of the business community within Cannon Falls and the surrounding area. We’re excited to see the company expand and grow its influence even further within the local economy and the wine and events industries overall,” said Mike Wheelock, a representative of Sunbelt Business Advisors, a Twin Cities-based business brokerage that assisted Cannon River Winery with its recent transition of ownership.
About Cannon River Winery – Based in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Cannon River Winery is nestled within the picturesque landscape of its Sogn Valley vineyard. In addition to its award-winning wines, the venue offers sophisticated event spaces, gourmet local catering and personal service for weddings, business meetings and other events. For more information, visit CannonRiveryWinery.com
Bonnie Harris, Wax Marketing (for Cannon River Winery)