October 16, 2017

Four Daughters Winery Doubles Production

According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal,  Four Daughters Winery in Spring Valley is increasing production to 27,000 per year with the addition of new tank capacity.See: Minnesota Winery Doubles ProductionMidwest Wine Press was the first publication from outside Minnesota to run an article on Four Daughters Winery.   To read our 2011 story, "Four Daughters Winery Opens in … [Read more...]

Cold Climate Conference Photos and Review

 The 9th annual Cold Climate Conference was held from February 21st to 23rd, 2013 in St. Paul Minnesota. This year's focus was on collaboration.  According to conference coordinator Missy Machkhashvilli, "As the industry expands, there is a greater need for communication across vineyard and winery lines to insure the highest quality grapes and wine to represent the industry."In the … [Read more...]

Interview With Nick Smith of University of Minnesota

Midwest Wine Press spoke recently with Nick Smith at the University of Minnesota (U of M.) Nick is well-known in the region because, over the course of a year, he probably makes more different kinds of wine than anyone in the Midwest.How did you get into winemaking? I have a long and convoluted academic path that started out in finance.  I re-entered the undergrad program at University of … [Read more...]

Four Daughters Wins Top Honors at Cold Climate Contest

The 2011 LaCrescent from Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery in Spring Valley, MN won the Governor's Cup at the 2012 International Cold Climate Competition in St. Paul.The Minnesota Governor's Cup, a large silver ice bucket, recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all Minnesota gold-winning wines. This is fourth year the traveling trophy has been awarded.See related story:  Four … [Read more...]

Four Daughters Winery Opens in Minnesota as Familial Affair

The trend of Midwestern farmers diversifying from row crops to grapes is growing.  For the Vogt family in Southern Minnesota, the motivation for starting the Four Daughters Winery, which opened December 15th,  has much to do with continuing the family farm.Vicky Vogt has farmed the 5,000  acres  that  Four Daughters now partially occupies with her husband Gary for more than 25 years. As she … [Read more...]