A Stillwater winery that is one of the longest-running in Minnesota is to close after more than 40 years.
The Northern Vineyards Winery has been plying its trade on Main Street since 1977, but that will come to an end on Sunday when it shuts up shop.
For more than 40 years, Northern Vineyards has been making wine using grapes from local growers and members of the Minnesota Winegrovers Cooperative, making it a point of pride that it "never brought in juice from the East or West coast of the U.S."
"We were Real. Minnesota. Wine. and we really thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts," the winery said on its Facebook page.
The Pioneer Press notes that it was a pioneering venture when it opened in the '70s, with Minnesota's climate hardly lending itself to vine growing, but persevered to the point it was producing some 30 varieties using local grapes.
"We will miss our regular and loyal customers, the many and rambunctious bachelorettes, and the steady stream of first-timers, who always wonder if it is okay to come in the back door," the winery wrote.
"We will miss those who sit down on our beautiful deck overlooking the St. Croix River to enjoy 4th of July fireworks or just savor a bottle of Oktoberfest with someone special on a beautiful day."