Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:23:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cannon River Winery Poised for Growth in 2017 and Beyond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:52:51 +0000  

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

Media Contact:
Bonnie Harris, Wax Marketing (for Cannon River Winery)

Sogn Artist Harvest Contract Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:13:22 +0000 Sogn Artist Harvest Contract

Are you interested in entering your artwork in our Annual Sogn Artist Label Contest? We have a great opportunity available for you to go out to our Vineyard in scenic Sogn Valley for inspiration. You can join any Harvest Shift for FREE if you sign & return the contract below the black line. Space is limited, so sign up today!

*The 2 winning artists will receive: Our family discount of 20% for an entire year!


Please print all the text below the black line (or copy & paste it into a Word Document or PDF). Then mail it into Cannon River Winery, fax it, or email it to Karri Livingston.
Address, fax number & email listed below.

CLICK HERE for more details about The Sogn Label Artist Contest

CLICK HERE for more details about The Fall Harvest Experience

 Harvest Sogn Artist Contract

Cannon River Winery
Contact: Karri Livingston
421 Mill Street West
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

 Phone:  507-263-7400

Fax:       507-263-8400

Cell:       651-485-4261


Artist Name:

Phone #:         ____________(to be reached at the day of Harvest shift)

Bring completed artwork to:

Cannon River Winery

421 Mill St. West

Cannon Falls, MN 55009

ATTN: Karri Livingston

Event :            Harvest Sogn Art Session

Desired Date:

Desired Time:

Dress :             Casual… Dress for the weather & wear sturdy shoes.

Notes :

*Submission of this Harvest Sogn Artist Contract is Required in order to RSVP
-Attend any harvest shift for FREE upon entering this signed contract agreeing to submit a painting, drawing or photograph of our Vineyard, Wine, or Fall Harvest Experience.
-Harvest Art Sessions Include free lunch & wine tasting with Harvesters (for artist only, no family or friend add-ons. No harvest work required)
-Contract submissions due 48 hours before your desired Harvest Shift
-We will schedule a date & time for you to ride the appropriate harvest shuttle to the Vineyard
*Must bring your own art supplies when going to the Vineyard
-You will be shuttled by bus to & from the Vineyard. Please plan accordingly
*All art submissions are due by: October 31st
-Public Votes take place: Nov 1st -29th
*The 2 winning artists will receive: Our family discount of 20% for an entire year. (winning discount for artists only. Not transferable)

-Artwork will be displayed in our “Barrel Reserve Gallery” with ballots available for our patrons.
*No outside food or beverage (other than water) allowed.

Signed :                                                                      Signed:        Karri Livingston              

Artist                                                                                      Organizer

*Please email, fax, or mail this form to the attention of Karri Livingston.

Fax, mailing address & email address listed at top of contract.

 Thank you for working with Cannon River Winery

2015 Sogn Artist Label contest Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:20:20 +0000 Calling All Artists!

Enter the Annual Sogn Artist Label Contest at Cannon River Winery

Are you an artist? Do you know a talented individual who deserves to have their artwork showcased? We invite you to take the opportunity to be apart of our Sogn Label Artist Contest which begins Mid July & runs through November. We’ll graciously accept paintings, photos & drawings on interpretations of our Winery, premiere Minnesota Wines, or our Vineyard. Let the creative juices flow like wine!
-The 2 winning artists will receive our family & friends discount of 20% for an entire year. (winning discount for artists only. Not transferable)

-Contestants may visit the Winery for inspiration anytime during business hours (located on our homepage)
-Contestants may visit our Vineyard for inspiration on specific dates listed below… (not required)

*Contestants are able to enter artwork beginning July 20th

*All submissions are due by: October 31st

*Public Votes take place: Nov 1st-30th
-We’ll have all artwork displayed in our “Barrel Reserve Gallery” with ballots for our patrons.

*Artists will be able to visit the Vineyard for inspiration during the following events:

*Vineyard Open House
-Artists can paint, draw, or take photos while learning about viticulture
-Aug 15th 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM (CLICK HERE for more information)
-Must register to RSVP, limited space available
*Email Karri Livingston if you have questions:

*During any Fall Harvest shift
Harvest runs every Saturday & Sunday September- October
(CLICK HERE for more harvest schedule information)
-Artists can paint, draw, or take photos while family & friends harvest with us.

-Attend any harvest shift for FREE if you sign up to submit a painting
-Includes free lunch & wine tasting for artist only (no harvest work required)
      -Harvest Art Contract Required: -Need to RSVP… schedule a time & ride bus shuttle with harvesters
CLICK HERE for the Sogn Artist Harvest Contract

-One harvest shift per artist
-Free Harvest only allowed for artist (harvesters pay separately)
Free Harvest tickets upon ‘Harvest Art Contract Submission’. Serious applicants only

-Must bring your own art supplies when going to the Vineyard. You will be shuttled by bus to & from the Vineyard. Please plan accordingly.

-Submit all completed artwork by October 31st to Cannon River Winery-

Cannon River Winery:
421 Mill Street West
Cannon Falls MN 55009
Attention: Karri Livingston

Sogn Series Artist Label Contest Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:43:58 +0000  Sogn Series Artist Label Contest

Every year at Cannon River Winery, we invite local artists to submit their interpretation of our Winery, Vineyard or award-winning wines. These interpretations can be paintings, drawings, sculptures or photographs. The Reserve Room acts as an art gallery to display all artwork submissions starting  November 1st, through November 30th.  We invite & encourage all of our guests to participate by voting on their two favorite masterpieces throughout the month. We just finished counting nearly one thousand ballots that were received over the 30 days of November. Thank you to all who participated- artists & voters alike!

The winning awards of this year’s Label Contest go to:

Barbara Musch for the Sogn Blanc Label
Charlene Perkey for the Sogn Blush Label

Congratulations to both of you!

Photographs of both winning paintings are shown below.

Winning Sogn Blush Label

Winning Sogn Blush Label

















Winning Sogn Blanc Label

Winning Sogn Blanc Label


2014 Indy International Wine Competition Awards Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:58:10 +0000 We are proud to announce that Cannon River Winery received three medals from the prestigious 2014 Indy International Wine Competition. Over 2200 wines from around the world were judged. Proud Winners are Sparkle Edelweiss Minnesota,  Mancini’s Levee Red, and Honey. These wines are available for purchase. Stop in soon and give them a try. Cheers!

Three Rivers Wine Trail Event; Red, White, and Sangria Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:56:06 +0000  This past weekend we hosted a Three Rivers Wine Trail event called Red, White, and Sangria. We had numerous requests for the Sangria recipe.
4 bottles of GoGo Red wine,
1 bottle of 7up,
1 lemon sliced,
1 lime sliced,
2 oranges sliced,
2 bags of frozen berries (strawberries, blue berrries, black berries, and raspberries),
Add all of your fruit to a large pitcher. Add wine, Let flavors soak together for a couple of hours. Right before you are going to serve, add the 7up and ice. Enjoy!
Wine Trail Events Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:53:33 +0000 Cannon River Winery is a proud member of the Great River Road Wine Trail. Learn more at
The Great River Road Wine Trail consists of 1 1wineries located near the Mississippi River in MN, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
Travel and adventure along this Great River Road are sure to be a part of your enjoyment as you experience the award winning wines and the fruits of our wine making skills.
Annual Events:
June Bloom Event~Saturday, June 7 & Sunday, June 8,  2014 from 11:00-6:00 p.m.
Each of the 11 wineries will have their wines pared with local foods.
Tickets will be available for purchase at $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. A designated driver is $10.  Enjoy a day of sampling award winning wines and delicious food.
Holiday Harvest Festival~Saturday, November 8 & Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 11:00-6:00 p.m.
Paring food & wines.
Each of the 11 wineries will have their wine paired with different foods.
Tickets will be available for purchase at $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door. A designated drive is $10. Enjoy a day of sampling award winning wines  and delicious food.
Remember  to get a wine trail passport as you travel to all 11 wineries getting it stamp after doing a wine tasting. Completed passports gets you a wine trail logo glass and a chance to win a wine basket with wine from participating wineries.
Visit under events for ticket information.
Participating Wineries:
Cannon River Winery-Cannon Falls, MN
Falconer Vineyards Winery-Red Wing, MN
Valley Vineyard-Prescott, WI
Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery-Stockholm, WI
Villa Bellezza, Pepin, WI
Danzinger Vineyards-Alma, WI
Seven Hawks Vineyards-Fountain City, WI
Garvin Heights Vineyards-Winona, MN
Elmaro Vineyard-Trempealeau, WI
River View Vineyard & Winery, La Crescent, MN
Eagles Landing Winery-Marquette, IA
Limousine Service – Great River Road Wine Trail
Star Limousineservice is available from locations in the Minneapolis and Rochester areas.
Minneapolis | 612.781.0545
Saint Paul | 651.291.8008
Burnsville | 952.895.0095
Rochester | 507.281.0969
Toll Free | 866.440.2907
Designated Drivers are recommended. Always drive responsibly.
Cannon River Winery to be an official sponsor of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:51:30 +0000 Cannon River Winery is very excited to be an official sponsor of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival! We will also be sponsoring a wonderful Queen of the Snows Candidate this year, Jennifer Westerhaus!

Come visit the Ice Bar which is located in Rice Park, right across from the Ordway Center for the performing arts! You’ll be able to sample some of our award-winning Cannon River wines, including Boreas Royal Reserve, Winter Ice and Vulcans’ Revenge!

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival will run from January 23 – February 2.

You won’t want to miss the “Coolest Celebration On Earth!”

Ice bar hours:

Thursday, January 23: 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Friday, January 24: 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 25: 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 26: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 30: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Friday, January 31: 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 1: 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 2: TBD

Winning Artists of the 2013 Sogn Series Label Contest Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:49:21 +0000 Congratulations to the winning artists of the 2013 Sogn Series Label Contest!

Patti Kumm’s painting of the an antique grape press will appear on this year’s vintage of Sogn Blush.

Leisa Luis Grill’s painting of the vineyard will appear on this year’s vintage of Sogn Blanc.

Guests can see the winning paintings on display in the winery, so stop in and check them out!

We’re so very grateful to all the artists that participated in the contest and hope to see many more fabulous paintings in years to come!

If you’re an artist, or know somebody who is, contact to inquire about entering next year’s contest!

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December Girls Day Away Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:47:31 +0000 Cannon River Winery’s Girls’ Day Away!

Cannon River Winery invites you to join us for Girls Day Away on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 10-5 p.m.

Bring your girl friends, sisters, moms, aunts, and grannies. Enjoy a glass of our award winning wines while strolling through the local vendors!

Enjoy 20% off ALL of Cannon River Winery’s merchandise (this doesn’t include wine)!

This fun event is just in time for some great holiday shopping, offering a variety of unique gifts.

It is likely that the winery will only be serving wine by the glass on this day and not doing tastings so we can make room for all of our wonderful vendors and guests!

Vendor information:

Frog Creek Pottery – Lisa Dolezal

The Olive Grove – Natalie Jaeger

Grow Toulh Jewelry – Grow Toulh

Bubbles by Brooks – Amy Brooks

Lawrenz Jewelry – Heather Lawrenz

Brie’s Boutique – Dawn Quist

Luvy’s Art Barn – Luvy Rapp

Audrey Aase – Hats & Scarves & Handmade Accessories

Jill Kopperud – Wine Candles

Just Me Geralyn and Glass – Gerie Thelen

Rerun Designs – Sharon Bittner

My Sister & Me – Denise Ellingson

PB Designs – Pat Brink

Everything Beautiful First Glass – Carrie Koub

Whispering Oaks Alpacas – Terry Maxfield

Costa’s Candies – Julie Schultz


Free live music by Michael Loonan 1-4 p.m. & Ashes for April 5-8 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Reservations are NOT required.

Everyone is welcome! Happy Holidays!