Wine & Brew
After a day on the trails relax at one of our four wineries. Each offers a unique experience and entertainment options from grape stomps to murder mystery parties, but all provide the escape and relaxation a person associates with a nice glass of wine. If only a brew will do for you then check out one of our local breweries or unwind with a hometown brew at a local watering hole.
Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery
Kasota | chankaskawines.com
Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery is Minnesota’s newest farm winery. The vineyard and winery sits on the right bank of the Chankaska Creek near Kasota, Minnesota. Chankaska is a native Dakota Indian name meaning forest-enclosed and vineyard visitors will delight in the natural setting of the southern Minnesota River Valley. Hand-crafted, Chankaska Wines’ artisan winemaking techniques ensure a transformation from hearty grapes on the vine to a flavorful wine experience.
Indian Island Winery
Janesville | indianislandwinery.com
Indian Island Winery is a family owned and operated business built on historic Native American grounds. Indian Island focuses on making wines that are 100 percent Minnesota grown and produced. The winery has a beautiful patio with campfires to enjoy (weather permitting) as well as a large indoor space with a stage for our weekly performers. Come and enjoy award-winning wines and great meals at Indian Island Winery.
Morgan Creek Vineyards
Rural Mankato / New Ulm | morgancreekvineyards.com
Morgan Creek Vineyards’ eco-friendly underground winery provides perfect cellar temperature for wine production, and creates an inviting atmosphere for a tasting room and gift shop for visitors. The winery overlooks a magnificent oak tree surrounded by groves and vineyards. Specializing in German, French, and American style wines, the winery offers seasonal performing arts and culinary events, weekly live music, and wine appetizers baked in their European wood fired oven.
Javens Family Vineyard & Winery
Rural Mankato | facebook.com/javenswinery
Javens Family Vineyard & Winery is Mankato’s newest winery and is a community space for wine lovers. It’s a great place that offers a range of white and red wines, great conversations and an amazing space to socialize with family and friends.
North Mankato | mankatobrewery.com
Opened in 2010, the Mankato Brewery is the first production brewery in the community since 1967. Experience some local flavor at the Mankato Brewery. Tour the brewery and enjoy a sampling of this German inspired brew. Stop in the gift shop for your Mankato Brewery gear.
Mankato | localebrew.com
LocAle opened in the fall of 2018 after transforming the former Snell Quick Lube building into what is now the brewery’s taproom. LocAle aims to serve a wide range of approachable beer styles in the taproom including crisp lagers, roasty porters & stouts, juicy pale ales, tart & fruity barrel-aged sours & hefty barrel-aged strong ales.
August Schell Brewing Company
New Ulm | schellsbrewery.com
Founded in 1860, the August Schell Brewing Company is the second oldest family-owned brewing company in the United States, and the oldest industry in New Ulm. At this site, August Schell rolled out his first barrel of beer a century and a half ago, and the brewery continues to be managed by his fifth-generation descendants. Schell’s new visitor center includes an expanded gift shop and Museum of Brewing. Tours conclude in the Rathskeller Tap Room. Visitors may also stroll through the extensive Schell’s Gardens.
New Ulm | schellsbrewery.com/locations/starkeller-brewery
The Starkeller Brewery and Taproom by August Schell Brewing Company is the home of the Noble Star Collection of traditionally made Berliner Weisse style “sour” beers.