Minnesota winery gets leading role at this year's Sundance Film Festival


Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery has gotten a call back for the Sundance Film Festival.

Last year, the southeastern Minnesota winery served samples of its wine, and this year it will have a much bigger role – it's the official wine provider for the 10-day event, which starts Thursday, according to the winery's website.

A producer of the festival liked Four Daughters wine so much last year, he suggested it become the official sponsor of the independent film festival, ABC 6 reports. So this year, Four Daughters wines will be poured at all official festival receptions and parties, a news release says.

"We were handpicked by the festival and are so excited about this amazing opportunity to share Minnesota win with the rest of the world," Four Daughters said on its website, calling it a "massive honor" for the independent winery in the news release.

Four Daughters is bringing four of its wines to the festival: Big Boy, Marquette, Chad's Folly and Moscato. Two of these wines are completely Minnesota varietals, winery owner Vicky Vogt told ABC 6.

The winery will also be holding an event locally to celebrate the start of Sundance. Four Daughters is holding a dinner and movie night at the Spring Valley Township vineyard on Friday. For more information on how to attend, click here.

And you can follow along as the winery heads to Park City, Utah – Four Daughters says it will be posting updates of its "big adventure" on its Facebook page.

Four Daughters was founded in 2010 and has put a focus on using locally grown grapes, according to its website, with many of its wines being made from all Minnesota varietals of grapes.

But getting wine-worthy grapes out of Minnesota's soil isn't an easy task. Wine-searcher.com says the state’s temperature extremes in both summer and winter are perilous to the best-known grape varieties.

But the site credits the work of grape-vine researchers – particularly at the University of Minnesota – who have developed new, hardy varieties.

As of Jan. 4, there were 84 businesses licensed to make wine in the state, according to Department of Public Safety statistics.

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