What is the Three Rivers Wine Trail of Minnesota?
The Three Rivers Wine Trail is Minnesota's first wine trail and is comprised of five of Minnesota's oldest wineries, all located within the Saint Croix, Mississippi, and Cannon River valleys.
What wineries are on the Trail and where are they located?
WineHaven Winery & Vineyard in Chisago City, Northern Vineyards Winery in Stillwater, Saint Croix Vineyards & Winery in Stillwater, Falconer Vineyards in Red Wing, and Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls.
Are all of the Wine Trail members owned by the same company?
No, each winery is privately owned and operated. We have formed the Wine Trail to promote Minnesota wineries and local tourism and to offer exciting activity for wine lovers in Minnesota.
How far apart are the wineries?
The distances from one winery to the next vary but the average distance between neighboring wineries is about 22 miles and the total distance between the stop farthest north (WineHaven Winery & Vineyard in Chisago City) and the stop farthest south (Falconer Vineyards in Red Wing) is approximately 80 miles.
How do I get from one winery to the next? Can I ride my bike or take a bus?
Most people drive from one winery to the next but you can organize your own private transportation with a limousine or tour bus operator. The Three Rivers Wine Trail members strongly encourage responsible drinking and recommend each group to have a designated driver.
What can our designated driver do on the trail?
We recommend a designated driver if you plan to visit several locations. You driver will enjoy the scenic countryside, the unique winery sites, and we offer complimentary non-alcoholic refreshment for that individual.
What is there to do on the Wine Trail?
Most people spend a day, weekend, or a couple weekends visiting the vineyards/wineries and sampling (and, of course, purchasing wine) the wide variety of wines offered while allowing time for picnicking and/or lunch/dinner.
Will I get to tour the vineyards and winemaking facilities at each stop?
Each winery/vineyard has different hours of operation and tour programs. Please refer to the specific information for each winery or contact them for more information.
How much does it cost to go on the Wine Trail?
There is no fee for participating in the Three Rivers Wine Trail passport program. Please refer to the specific tasting and tour information for each winery or contact them for more information about tasting policies and pricing.
When can I go on the Wine Trail?
Each winery/vineyard has different hours of operation. Northern Vineyards and Cannon River Winery are open year round, other wineries are seasonal. Please refer to the specific information for each winery or contact them for more information.
Would I be able to buy wine from wineries on Sunday?
Yes, each winery operates under the Minnesota Farm Winery Act that allows them to be open and to sell wine on Sundays. However, under the Act, they cannot open until noon so take your time and enjoy a relaxing Sunday brunch at one of the great restaurants on the Trail before visiting.
Do I receive anything for visiting all of the wineries on the Trail?
You can pick up a Three Rivers Wine Trail passport at any of the wineries or print it off this website. You will receive a stamp at each winery you visit. When you collect all 5 stamps, you will get a glass of wine and can enter your passport into a drawing to win a gift basket of wine and products from each Wine Trail member. Drawings are held periodically throughout the year.
Are there ever any events that all wineries on the Trail participate in?
Yes, we have several Wine Trail events throughout the year.
Tap the Barrel - Memorial Day Weekend
Wine & Art Crawl - Last weekend in June
Federweisser - Third weekend in October
Cheese & Chocolate - Weekend before Thanksgiving
Please check the Events page of this website for more information.
What else is there to do in communities where the Three Rivers Wine Trail members are located?
Visit the Area Attractions page on this website for more local information or refer to each community's local tourism bureau and/or Chamber of Commerce.