Millner is a family designed, built and operated European-style winery. We have vineyard/winery tours, wine tastings, a store and a limited food menu. And also a panoramic courtyard view of a nine acre grape producing vineyard.
About Our Winery
Here at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery, we grow nine acres of grapes (about 5,000 vines.) We grow eight different varieties bred by either Elmer Swenson or the University of Minnesota. Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Marquette, Brianna, Prairie Star, Valiant, Kay Gray and Sabrevois.
The vineyard is really where the wine is made. It has been said so many times, “you cannot make good wine from bad grapes.” This is a simple truth of wine making. So, it is here where the hard work has to be put in all summer long and weather willing, with a good harvest in the fall, the wine maker can make great wine. Good wine starts with good grapes.
The first vines we planted were in 2006, and every year up to 2009, we added another block of vines until we achieved our nine acres. It would be nice to have 100% of our wines come from just our grapes, but because of customers, possibly like you, our vineyard cannot quench our customers thirst. So, we do have a few other growers in Minnesota growing the same or similar varieties as well.
The winery is really the last step in making the wine. The first and most important step is raising good grapes. The winery, as is often mentioned, is where a wine maker’s job is to try to let each grape achieve the potential it was set out to do. Decisions about oaking, not oaking, sweet or dry, to make it into a still wine or sparkling wine are all made here.
Our winery boasts some impressive modern wine making equipment. All stainless steel tanks, a horizontal pneumatic press, temperature control etc… but we also value older, more traditional wine making methods as well, most notably, barrels and the value they have with producing our more robust wines. Some of the wines made, Jon tries to make them more in traditional Austrian or Hungarian styles, while wines made from grapes like Frontenac are very much Minnesota originals. Come take a winery tour and see the whole process of how the wine is made!
Plan Your Visit
We provide tours throughout the year, but the schedule is subject to change. From May through December, we offer:
Walk-in tours on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Walk-in tours on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Private tours on Thursdays and Fridays by reservation
You must have at least six in your party to book a private tour. Make sure to call in advance. We also provide tours throughout January and March at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays
About the Millner Family
The Millner family has always had a passion for making exceptional wine, no matter how much work it takes. To maintain a high standard of quality, we started small. We planted the first vines in 2006 and slowly grew over the years.
Our family understands that every part of the process matters, even the equipment used. We use state-of-the-art equipment, such as stainless-steel tanks and temperature control systems. Visit our vineyard today to taste our home-pressed wine in Kimball, MN for yourself.
We’re confident that you’ll discover a wine or two you love among our fifteen types of wine. You’ll appreciate that each of our wines includes expertly blended flavors with Hungarian, French, American and German influences. You can visit us to find wines that are:
Our wines also differ in body and aroma. You can try our wines during one of our tours, or you can come in for tastings.
Along with our excellent wine, we also have beautiful views. You can schedule our vineyard in Kimball, MN for everything from anniversary parties to wedding events. Or you can come to enjoy yourself at one of our upcoming events.
Find out more about our events by calling us today at 320-398-2081.