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December 5, 2021 | Winehaven Winery

Winehaven Wins 5 Gold Medals in San Francisco!

Winehaven Winery, of Chisago City, won 5 gold medals at the San Francisco International Wine Competition last week.  Winehaven’s Stinger Honey Wine won its 8th gold medal since 1995.  It remains Winehaven’s most awarded wine and one of the top ranked honey wines in the United States.  Winehaven’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Wine won a double gold medal with a score of 94 points.  The only fruit wine that scored higher in San Francisco was Winehaven’s Raspberry Wine, which took the “Best of Show” award with a score of 96 points.

Winehaven’s Nokomis wine won its first gold medal.  Nokomis is a dry French-style red wine made from a grape that was developed at Winehaven and recognized by the U.S. Patent Office in 2013 for its unique combination of winter hardiness, disease resistance and wine quality.  Winehaven’s Lakeside Chardonnay also won its first Double Gold medal in the highly competitive chardonnay category.  It scored 95 points, making it one of the highest ranked chardonnay wines in the United States.

“We are so happy with these awards,” said Winehaven’s owner Kevin Peterson.  “When my family and I opened Winehaven’s doors in 1995, we were one of the first wineries in Minnesota.  The support and encouragement of the community allowed us to grow and it’s really exciting to now be recognized for so many of our local wines on a national stage.”

In addition to Winehaven’s 5 gold medal winning wines, Winehaven won silver medals for its Edelweiss white wine and Marquette Reserve red wine.  Winehaven won bronze medals for its Riesling and Itasca white wines.  It also won bronze medals for its Franconia and Deer Garden Red wines that are made from grapes developed at Winehaven and exclusively grown in Winehaven’s Chisago City vineyard.

Honey wine, also known as “mead,” is widely regarded as the ancestor of all fermented beverages.  It is referenced in many sources of ancient history throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.  Peterson has raised honey in the Chisago Lakes Area for more than 60 years.  The honey wine was the winery’s first wine selection when the Peterson family opened Winehaven.  It is made from Peterson’s special blend of honey that is collected from local wildflowers and basswood trees.  If the conditions are warm and humid enough in the St. Croix River Valley, the blossoms open enough to produce nectar.  “It’s a rare honey with a special pizzazz,” said Peterson.  “The beautiful flavor of the basswood honey really comes through in our wine.”

Now in its 40th year, the San Francisco International Wine Competition is one of the world’s largest and longest-running international wine competitions.  It included more than 2,000 wines from 31 countries around the world. Competition judges are established wine-industry experts from throughout North America that evaluated the wines.  Their decisions were based on the wine’s appearance, aroma, flavor, and aftertaste. The 11 awards Winehaven received this year are the most in its history.

A complete listing of the award-winning wines is below:

Raspberry Wine: Double Gold Medal, Best Fruit Wine
Strawberry-Rhubarb Wine: Double Gold Medal
Lakeside Chardonnay: Double Gold Medal
Nokomis: Gold Medal
Stinger Mead: Gold Medal
Edelweiss: Silver Medal
Marquette Reserve: Silver Medal
Riesling: Bronze Medal
Itasca: Bronze Medal
Franconia: Bronze Medal
Deer Garden Red: Bronze Medal

Time Posted: Dec 5, 2021 at 10:55 AM Permalink to Winehaven Wins 5 Gold Medals in San Francisco! Permalink
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August 18, 2021 | Winehaven Winery

KSTP-TV Highlights Outstanding 2021 Growing Season at Winehaven!

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March 14, 2021 | Winehaven Winery

Winehaven Takes Top Honors at the National East Meets West Wine Challenge

Winehaven Winery won 6 medals at the International Eastern Wine Competition in California last week.  Winehaven’s Stinger Mead and Cranberry Wines earned gold medals with scores of 95 and 93 respectively.  These wines went on to compete against other gold medal winning wines from around the country in the highly competitive “East Meets West Wine Challenge” that pits the best wines from the Eastern United States against the best from the West.  In that round, the Stinger Mead was judged to be Best in Class.  The judges conducted a final blind tasting of the Best in Class winners and awarded Winehaven’s Stinger Mead the title of Best of Show. 

Founded in 1975, the International Eastern Wine Competition is the longest running Wine Competition in the United States.  Twenty-four judges throughout North America evaluated the wines.  Their decision was based on the wine’s appearance, aroma, flavor and aftertaste.  In addition to Winehaven’s gold medal winning Stinger Mead and Cranberry wines, Winehaven won silver medals with its Marquette Reserve, Nokomis, Chisago and Franconia red wines that are exclusively made from grapes grown in the Chisago Lakes Area.

Honey wine, also known as “mead,” is widely regarded as the ancestor of all fermented beverages.  It is referenced in many sources of ancient history throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.  Winemaker Kevin Peterson has raised honey in the Chisago Lakes Area for more than 50 years.  The honey wine was the winery’s first wine selection when the Peterson family opened WineHaven’s doors in 1995.

The Best of Show award marks the seventh time that Winehaven’s Stinger honey wine has won top honors nationally.  It is made from Peterson’s special blend of honey that is collected from local wildflowers and basswood trees.  Basswood honey is relatively rare throughout the world because the trees bloom for less than two weeks during the summertime.  If the conditions are warm and humid enough in the St. Croix River Valley, the blossoms open enough to produce nectar.  “It’s a honey with a special pizzazz,” said Peterson.  “The beautiful flavor of the basswood honey really comes through in our wine.”

A complete listing of the award winning wines is listed below:

Stinger Mead: Double Gold Medal - Best of Class and Best of Show
Cranberry Wine: Gold Medal
Nokomis: Silver Medal
Marquette Reserve: Silver Medal
Deer Garden Red: Silver Medal
Franconia: Silver Medal

Winehaven Honored at East Meets West Wine Competition

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January 5, 2021 | Winehaven Winery

Winehaven Awarded 5 Medals at the San Francisco International Wine Competition

There is no wine competition that excites us more than San Francisco.  It’s like sending our wines into the lion’s den.  The competition is fierce!  All the ‘big guys’ enter wines in San Francisco.  The judges come from all corners of the wine world.  This year, five of our wines emerged from the competition with medals!  Our Stinger Mead was declared the best mead in the competition with a gold medal (again).  Our Nokomis, Deer Garden Red and Merlot won silver medals.  Our Nicollet won a bronze medal!  We’re so proud of all of our awards and delighted that our Minnesota wines have been recognized as some of the best in the world!

Time Posted: Jan 5, 2021 at 10:05 AM Permalink to Winehaven Awarded 5 Medals at the San Francisco International Wine Competition Permalink
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February 3, 2020 | Winehaven Winery

Winehaven Awarded 11 Medals at the International Eastern Wine Competition

Winehaven won 11 medals at the International Eastern Wine Competition in New York.  The Strawberry-Rhubarb and Raspberry Wines earned top honors with scores of 94 and 92 respectively.  The Nicollet white wine from the newly patented Nicollet grape received its first award ever - a silver.  The newly bottled 2017 Nokomis wine won a silver medal competing in the $40.00 per bottle and higher category.  A complete listing of the award winning wines is listed below:

Strawberry-Rhubarb Wine: Gold Medal 
Raspberry Wine: Gold Medal
Nokomis: Silver Medal
Nicollet: Silver Medal
Marquette Reserve: Silver Medal
Marechal Foch: Silver Medal
Lakeside Rosé: Silver Medal
LaCrescent: Silver Medal
Cranberrry Wine: Silver Medal
Frontenac Gris: Bronze Medal
Deer Garden Red: Bronze Medal

Time Posted: Feb 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM Permalink to Winehaven Awarded 11 Medals at the International Eastern Wine Competition Permalink
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December 2, 2019 | Winehaven Winery

Winehaven Awarded 2 U.S. Patents for New Grapevines

Winehaven Winery, of Chisago City, was recently awarded two U.S. Patents for its work in developing new grapevines that have a unique combination of winter hardiness, vigor, disease resistance and wine quality. In keeping with tradition, the grapevines are named ‘Franconia,’ and ‘Nicollet’ after the regions from which they originated. According to U.S. Patent Office records, both vines are winter hardy to at least -40 degrees Fahrenheit, making them among the most cold-tolerant grapevines known. 

Fruit from the Franconia grape was nicknamed “big blue” during Winehaven’s trials because they are exceptionally large, dark blue grapes, that exude black cherry and deep berry flavors. The Nicollet grapevine produces white wine grapes with intense tropical flavors. Wine from the Nicollet grape is off-dry and contains intense flavors and aromas of pear, honeysuckle and apple. 

The ‘Franconia’ and ‘Nicollet’ grapevines are the result of Winehaven’s grape research program that began over twenty-five years ago. At that time, there were very few winter hardy grapevines suitable for wine production in Minnesota. Unlike neighboring states, Minnesota law requires its wineries to produce the majority of their wine from locally grown fruit. As such, bringing in large amounts of grapes from elsewhere was not possible. Accordingly, Winehaven patented the ‘Chisago’ grape in 2008 and the ‘Nokomis’ grape in 2013. Wines made from these grapevines have already won more than 20 awards at national wine competitions. 

   

The U.S. Patent Office determined the ‘Nicollet’ and ‘Franconia’ grapevines were novel over existing grapevines, and issued U.S. Plant Patents 31,039 and 31,040, respectively, for the vines on November 12, 2019. The ‘Nicollet’ and ‘Franconia’ grapevines are among less than 300 grapevines patented in the United States. Less than a dozen of these varieties were developed by U.S. wineries.

Inventors Kevin and Kyle Peterson believe the new ‘Franconia’ and ‘Nicollet’ grapevines will enable Winehaven to begin a new chapter in its history by imparting richer and more intense flavors and aromas in its wines than was previously possible with existing local grapes and techniques. 

Time Posted: Dec 2, 2019 at 12:00 PM Permalink to Winehaven Awarded 2 U.S. Patents for New Grapevines Permalink
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November 25, 2019 | Winehaven Winery

Winehaven in Shop Dine Live Magazine

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