February 2016: We are delighted to be selected as one of three finalists for "Best Event Venue Outside the Twin Cities" by Minnesota Meetings & Events Magazine!  Thank you to everyone who has chosen to host your events at Winehaven! It is a privilege to be a part of your special day!

March 1, 2015: Did you get a chance to experience the grape harvest at Winehaven? We started harvesting grapes for our popular Deer Garden Red wine at sunrise and finished well after dark. The grapes were at their absolute peak of ripeness, and the natural surroundings were truly inspiring. Check out this story and fantastic photos of the harvest at Winehaven!


July 13, 2013: Winehaven opened its doors for the 15th annual Raspberry Festival and Grand Opening of its new winery and event center. CitWinehaven Ribbon Cuttingy and County representatives were on hand for the official ribbon cutting, nine months to the day after the “uncorking of the land” groundbreaking ceremony last fall. It was the biggest event to date at the winery, which has been producing wine and hosting events since 1995. There was live music, vineyard tours, a catered lunch menu and free wine tasting. Customers were treated to panoramic views from the 40 foot tall lighthouse balcony, enjoyed lounging on the expansive outdoor terrace and mingled to the music in both the second floor ballroom and main floor great hall. The 40 foot wine bar was the bustling epicenter of the event, offering a wide variety of Winehaven wines for sampling and also to enjoy by the glass. Winehaven’s, Kyle Peterson expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of community support saying, “As the third generation of my family to call the Chisago Lakes Area home, I’m especially proud that our new winery will serve as a setting for many of the area’s special events and celebrations. My family and I believe strongly in this community and we hope our new facility will help the area continue to grow and thrive.”


June 3, 2013: The vines have awakened to welcome our new facility into the Winehaven family!  Join us for the Grand Opening July 13th and 14th!

February 1, 2013: Despite some cold weather, construction is still progressing on the new winery.  Here is an updated photo:


December 5, 2012: As our vines went into dormancy this fall, the hilltop overlooking the vineyards came alive with construction!  Our new winery is beginning to take-shape!  When the vines awaken this spring, we expect to be putting the final touches on the project, and we can't wait to show it to you!  Until then, a few photos will have to do:

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Winehaven Uncorking the Land


October 13th 2012: Winehaven hosted an “Uncorking of the Land” to officially begin construction of their new winery and event center near Highway 8 in Chisago City. The highlight of the event was the pulling of an oversized Winehaven cork out of the earth using a giant 5 foot-tall corkscrew. This “Uncorking of the Land” ceremony has been in the works for several years. Since opening in 1995, Winehaven has become Minnesota’s largest winery, outgrowing its existing facility and necessitating this expansion.

The 10,000 square foot building will be constructed to the north and east of existing vineyards on Winehaven’s 50 acre property, atop hillsides overlooking Green Lake to the south and Lake Ellen to the west. The vineyards currently produce several varieties of cold hardy grapes, including the ‘Chisago’ variety that was developed at Winehaven and patented in 2008. The two-story building will incorporate a 36 foot tall lighthouse along its southern facade, and offer visitors panoramic views of the vineyards and lakes.

The completed space will consist of approximately 2,500 square feet for winemaking activities, 5,000 square feet for an elegant event center, 1,500 square feet for retail and tasting room space, a barrel aging area and two terraces, including a private function space with its own terrace. The winery’s event space will seat 200 people for banquet events such as weddings, meetings and celebrations and will also host wine pairing dinners, art exhibits and other Winehaven events throughout the year.

The Grand Opening is planned for August 2013. Winehaven will continue to welcome visitors at its existing facility during construction. Once the new facility is open, Winehaven plans to restructure its existing facility to allow for additional wine production.

Winehaven is a third-generation family business, run by Kevin and Cheri Peterson along with their sons Kyle and Troy. Commenting at the groundbreaking, Winehaven’s President Cheri Peterson said, “We are so thankful for the longtime support of the loyal Winehaven fans that have helped us to grow throughout the years. The new facility will serve as the perfect setting to explore and enjoy Winehaven’s unique local wines. We look forward to opening the doors and welcoming everyone in.” The “Uncorking” event was attended by board members and administrators from Chisago City and Chisago County.
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