Each winery is family-owned and operated and provides personal service and warm hospitality. All offer an impressive range of choices: classic reds, whites and roses are given a personal touch and a regional twist, and new flavors, techniques and ideas blossom each year to contribute to the ever-expanding list of original creations. Stop in for a tour, sample the wine, and take home your favorite. Wine from the Thousand Islands has developed a reputation for converting anyone to a wine lover with just one taste.
With a fan base that grows each time the doors to the tasting rooms open, the wineries on the Thousand Islands wine trail have dedicated themselves to creating world-class wines, which routinely beat out competition from renowned vineyards in California and Europe to take home titles for their taste, quality and distinctiveness. The secret to success stems, in part, from the use of specially developed “cold hardy” grapes, a collection of varietals that was developed at the University of Minnesota to continue producing wine-worthy fruit even when the temperature plummets to a brisk 40 degrees below zero. Here on the border of Canada, where the hardest of hard freezes would otherwise stop winemakers in their tracks, these special hardy grapes thrive—and so does the winemaking industry.