Four Daughters Winery Is More Than Just a Wine

I took a trip down to southern Minnesota this past weekend and saw we would go right past Four Daughters Winery. Detour time! I didn’t know too much about this place before we left, which made it a little more fun. Sometimes I over plan and it ruins all the surprises.

Pulling up, I realized that we were going to a much bigger vineyard than we’ve ever been to. Not only in size but they had serious curb appeal too. They had excellent signage from the road and even a few cars turning in. This would not be a hobby farm.

Four Daughters Winery

Four Daughters Winery started as a way to bring a family together. The daughters had all moved out to different parts of the country and their parents were trying to lure them back to the family farm. They embarked on a new adventure and planted some grapes with the intention of building a large winery. It was a learning experience from the start. They planted the Marquette, Frontenac, Brianna, Edelwiess, Frontenac Gris and the Saint Croix grapes.

Growing in Southern Minnesota has its own challenges. The land is so fertile that the grapes grow too well. Wine grapes need to struggle a little more, to give the maximum amount of flavors. Grown to plump and you end up with a watered down version. They have to prune them throughout the year to keep them optimal wine grapes.
Four Daughters Winery in Southern Minnesota

The Wine

Four Daughters Winery had 10 different wines to sample on their tasting menu. Each tasting is a flight of 5 wines. Instead of picking out your wines, you pick from having a flight of Red or Whites. You can also buy by the glass. I got a glass of the Brianna. It’s a semi-sweet wine that had banana like notes. I highly recommend it.

Four Daughters Winery in Southern MinnesotaLoon Juice

We found that they had more than just wine too. They had a series of their own line of Hard Ciders, known as Loon Juice. They are made from locally grown Honey Crisps apples. Four Daughters has been making this since they opened and have been bottling it as well. I tried the “Grow a Pear” and it was quite nice. It almost reminded me of a bubbly wine. It might have something to do with the fact they ferment it with Champagne yeast.

Food

If we hadn’t just eaten, we probably would have ordered something there as well. They have a full-service menu with a chef on hand. The Executive chef is very helpful when it comes to food allergies. They have multiple menus to assist anyone’s needs. The chef is so good in fact that they host their own Chopped Challenge. If you are unfamiliar with the TV show, constants are given a weird basket of ingredients and have to create something fabulous. At Four Daughters, the attendees are asked to choose a food and they create the meal right in front of you.

My kids enjoyed drinking specialty sodas. They felt like grownups as they got to have a glass of delicious bubbly poured for them.

Where to Buy

You can buy Four Daughters wines through their website, or at a lot of local stores. Their heaviest distribution is in Rochester, but it is found throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas in both liquor stores and in restaurants. I was delighted to find this weekend that they are even at Total Wine. Though the selection is limited. I recommend going down there yourself and visiting.

Four Daughters Winery in Southern Minnesota

Location

Located at:
78757 State Highway 16
Spring Valley, MN 55975
Phone: 507-346-7300

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13 Comments

  • Reply Carolyn April 12, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I haven’t been to this winery but I’ve heard good things! Thanks for the review. Do you think it would be a good place for a bachelorette outing?

    • Reply Jenn April 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

      It would be perfect for a Bachelorette outing. They have tons of space and plenty of food options!

  • Reply Alex April 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Love a good pitstop! Sounds worth a visit 🙂

    • Reply Jenn April 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

      It’s definelty worthy of a detour!

  • Reply Erika April 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I definitely have to try this!! Thank you for the tip!

  • Reply Alissa Schrank April 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    This place looks awesome! Will definitely have to try!

    • Reply Jenn April 13, 2017 at 6:28 am

      You will love it!

  • Reply Holly April 12, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I love checking out fun local wineries! Thanks for letting me know about this one!

    • Reply Jenn April 13, 2017 at 6:27 am

      You are welcome!

  • Reply Caitlin April 13, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve heard such good things about Four Daughters! And loon juice! This post is giving me all the missing-Minnesota feels. Sounds like you had an enjoyable trip south!
    Caitlin
    LemonadePressBlog.com

    • Reply Jenn April 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Thanks, Caitlin. How long have you been away from MN? Maybe it’s time you schedule a trip back this summer 🙂

  • Reply Sara Broers April 26, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I have heard nothing but good things about this place. Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  • Reply Kelly May 12, 2017 at 12:06 am

    This looks like an absolute delight! I agree, very great curb appeal
    I think we’re going to have to Mae a trip down!

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