Painter Creek Winery & Cidery is a new Minnesota winery located in Minnetrista, MN, just 25 minutes west of the Twin Cities. Painter Creek Winery is now in its first successful year of business.
I highly recommend being the passenger on the car ride to the winery. With its gorgeous curvy roads along multiple lakes, houses worth millions of dollars, and cute quaint towns you don’t want to miss. I might even make the drive in the fall when all the leaves have some fall colors!
History of Painter Creek Winery & Cidery
The owners Lowell and Phyllis Schaper built their family home on 40 acres of land in Minnetrista, MN. They grew apple trees on 12 acres of this land from which they started a family-owned business, Minnetonka Orchards. Minnetonka Orchards has become a well-known area for families to visit in the Fall for apple picking, a small petting zoo, hayrides, walking trails, and shopping.
In 2012, thanks to the University of Minnesota for turning a wild Minnesota grape into a cold-climate wine grape (one that will survive 30 below), Lowell and Phyllis decided to open a winery. They turned an old horse stable, adjacent from Minnetonka Orchards, into a wine production center and tasting room.
If you enjoy semi-sweet to semi-dry wines this place is for you! I enjoyed the tastings and thought that they had great flavors. However, I felt that some of their wines were tart. They show promise though and I will definitely be back when they have more years under their belt.
Tastings are $12 for 6 wines or ciders. Or bring in your Minnesota Wine Passport for a free tasting.
Sadly we were there when there was an event going on so we weren’t able to see any goats. But I’m sure they will bring a smile to anyone’s face!
How to Get There?
6480 County Rd 26
Minnetrista, MN. 55364
Take the scenic route where all the lakes, houses, and quaint towns are by driving down Highway 7 to Oak Street. Even better check out Adele’s Frozen Custard off of Highway 7.