Winehaven Winery and Vineyard is Chisago County’s first estate winery, and is the perfect too-hot-for-comfort, August stop. Around since 1995, Winehaven is four generations deep in the Peterson family. Prior to establishing a vineyard and winery, the Peterson family cultivated bees in the St. Croix River Valley. The honeybee on the label is a homage to the Peterson’s honey.
The vineyard is 15 acres of different winter-hardy grapes. One variety of grape, Chisago, was developed by Kevin and Kyle Peterson and patented in 2008, adding yet another accolade to the Peterson heritage. They have won more than 200 awards, have been featured in Wine Spectator magazine, USA Today and ranked number one in Minnesota in case production by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Winehaven offers 19 types of wine, with distinctive flavors that are reflective of the region like Cranberry, Nokomis, Rhubarb, Grapewinds Port, Edelweiss, Frontenac Gris, Raspberry, Slippery Slope White Ice, and Deer Garden Blush. I myself, brought home a bottle of Just Peachy, my new favorite Minnesota wine.
I stopped in for a tasting and stayed for the incredible panoramic views from the patio – which makes sense as it is located in the heart of Minnesota’s scenic Chisago Lakes area, situated between three lakes; Lake Ellen, Green Lake, and Lake Martha. The sloping hillsides are the perfect backdrop for a wedding, meeting up outside the city or for those just passing through in need of a relaxing atmosphere.