Chateau St. Croix Exterior

Chateau St. Croix Winery | Wine, Tours, Music and More

Have you ever wanted to walk into a Chateau in France? For a lot of us, it’s just not in the cards. That’s why I was so excited to see that there is a Chateau only 1.5 hrs away from the Twin Cities. The Chateau St. Croix Winery and Vineyard. It is modeled after a real Chateau in France, complete with a carriage house, stables, and formal gardens, just on a scaled down the size. They say the entire winery could fit inside of the estate in France.

Chateau St. Croix Winery

The tasting room was styled as a German Hunting Lodge, complete with high back chairs. The east wing holds an art gallery. The west side of the Chateau is devoted entirely to winemaking. It is a commercial grade food processing facility. From the outside, you never would never have guessed it could hold all that.

Chateau St. Croix Lions Head Enterence

Chateau St. Croix Menu

Tours

I recommend that you visit at 12 pm on a Saturday so you can experience one of their free tours. They offer you a behind the scenes look at how the wine is created. The master winemaker will explain the process from harvest to bottling. My favorite part was when they told you about what to look for in a good wine. Did you know you should never smell the cork if a waiter gives you one? Why, because it will smell like a cork. They are handing it to you to see the level of saturation on cork itself. They also explain to you the differences between types of corks; which wines are cured in a barrel and how long to age the wine.

After that, or just before the tour, start your tasting. They provide you with 6 chips for $7. Depending on your picks, most wines are only 1 chip. They also have reserve wines available for 2 chips. My favorite tasting was the Chardonnay while my husband preferred the Golden Harvest Riesling. Then head out back and enjoy music from their summer music series. They have a nice outdoor setting that shaded. If you are hungry, try some of their deli meats and cheeses to snack on or even chocolates. For a limited time, Groupon is offering a great deal on tasting packages.

The Chateau St. Croix Winery is kid friendly. We brought our children on the tour and there was another family that did the same. They offer canned sodas and water for those that don’t wish to drink. If you head to the back yard and patio the kids will have plenty of room to run around.

Barrel Room at Chateau St. Croix

Wine at Chateau St. Croix

Events

The Winery hosts a variety of different events, including a Red, White and Sangrias Weekends, Jazz Festival and a Free Grape Stomp. They are going on throughout the year, so check them out. The summer music series goes on every Saturday from 1-4, June to September.

The Chateau St. Croix is a stop on the Upper St Croix Wine Trail in Minnesota and the Inns of the Valley trail in Wisconsin. And if you need another reason to go, they also are a participant in the MN Wine Passport. So what are you waiting for?

Want to become a wine expert before you go? Check out Wine Folley: The Essential Guide to Wine a good overview or for a little more detail take a look at The Wine Bible.

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The Chateau St Croix is a perfect DayTrip from the Twin Cities. Just 1.5 hrs away!

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21 Comments

  • Reply Kelly | @diningduster July 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    This looks like an awesome stop! We’ve not been here- dying to go! Such a pretty area too.

    • Reply Jenn July 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Don’t forget to bring your Wine Passport!

  • Reply Meghna Malhotra July 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    This looks so pretty!! Your post took me back in time to when we visited Santo Wines in Santorini, Greece and had a lovely tour of the entires winery and the cellars! Would love to visit here too!

    • Reply Jenn July 19, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      It sounds like a dream trip. I’ve got Europe on the bucket list and would love to see the real thing! I’m glad I could take you back.

  • Reply Holly | Legally Crafty Blog July 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    This looks like a cool place– I will have to check it out! I am also excited to try some European wines in Greece and Italy this fall (looking at the above comment)!

  • Reply Paroma July 19, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Such a regal Lion at the Chateau! I lived in Minneapolis for 5.5 years, now I regret never going to St.Croix!

    • Reply Jenn July 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Don’t worry. There are so many regions of the state that I haven’t gotten to yet either and I’ve lived here for 33 years!

  • Reply Elle July 19, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Great article with lots of info, and I love that lion statue!

    • Reply Jenn July 19, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Victoria July 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    What a lordly lion ! I love wine tasting and would love to become an expert!

    • Reply Jenn July 19, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      I know, the lion is amazing! The wine and tour aren’t too bad either!

  • Reply Meghan July 19, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I have yet to go on a winery tour – it sounds like this winery does a really nice one. Plus the grounds look gorgeous and like they are the perfect place to relax!

    • Reply Jenn July 19, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      They are the perfect place to relax. I would have spent the whole day there if I didn’t bring the kids!

  • Reply Ania Travels July 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I had no idea they had Chateau wineries in America. This sounds like a perfect afternoon, I would love to sip some wine and relax in a place like this.

  • Reply Leigh July 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I love hearing about hidden gems in the Midwest. I can’t say that I’ve ever been to St Croix (Virgin Islands…different story!) but this looks like a fun stop!

    • Reply Jenn July 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Haha. Yeah, the Midwest is filled with gems! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Alissa Schrank July 19, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I’ve been wanting to get here! Looks amazing!

  • Reply Elaine J Masters July 19, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I’ll be in Minnesota next summer and will bookmark this for that trip. So many things to attend and do.

  • Reply Nicole July 20, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Oh wow, this place looks amazing! Can’t believe they fit so much into a small space, why go to France when you have this? 🙂

  • Reply Kate July 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    How fun! I have never heard of this place. It looks fantastic. I wonder if they host weddings there? I am a wedding photographer and I love learning about different venues!

  • Reply Kim July 21, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I’ve never visited a chateau before, but would love to visit one one day! Seems like you had a great day at the winery, would love to take a tour there one day it looks beautiful and very serene.

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