New to the Great River Road Wine Trail in 2015, Flower Valley Vineyard was established in 2002 and is the creation of Dave, Mary, and Tom Mohn. They have transformed the old family farm into one of Minnesota’s fine vineyards and recently added a winery/tasting room. It is nestled in a beautiful area near Red Wing, MN known as Flower Valley.
Southeastern Minnesota is a beautiful area with magnificent wooded river bluffs interlaced with small picturesque valleys. When the glaciers melted 10,000 years ago, these valleys were carved by the rush of melt water and then filled up with huge amounts of sediment as the flowage slowed down to eventually become the Mississippi River. Flower Valley is one of the valleys carved from this flowage and is located about 4 miles south of Red Wing.
No one knows who gave this little valley its name. We will have to attribute that to the original settlers who homesteaded the land. In any case, it provides a wonderful setting for our vineyard. Except for the addition of a new home here and there, the valley has managed to keep its same look and character with hardwood forests on the hillsides and farm fields filling up the bottom land.
For more than 150 years this bottom land yielded excellent crops, but the small size of the fields make them less appealing to the large scale operating style required by farmers who raise corn and soybeans. The soil has a consistent sandy loam quality that makes it drain well and yet provide a perfect medium for growing the grapes. The pH level of the soil runs around 6.6 which puts it nicely in the accepted range that is considered ideal for grapes. The gentle slope at the edge of the bottom land is where we planted our first vineyard in 2002.
For more information please visit www.flowervalleyvineyard.com