Grape Staycation

Local authors explore Minnesota wineries.

Sampling new wines surrounded by beautiful scenery is definitely part of the charm of visiting Minnesota wineries, but local wine connoisseurs also savor learning about the stories behind the wine. Authors Diane Lynch and Dick Osgood collected many of those stories in their book, Minnesota Winery Stories. The book lists almost every winery in the state, with in-depth stories on 15 Minnesota wineries, including Parley Lake Winery in Waconia.

After touring many local wineries, the authors say that it’s fascinating to see what winemakers are doing with the same grape. Unlike regions with more established winemaking traditions, Minnesota winemakers are still experimenting. “They’re all very good,” Osgood says of the different wines produced by the same grape, “but they’re all different in interesting ways.”