As with many great things, Black Oak Vineyard and Whispering Oaks Winery started as a passionate idea that became a reality.
We planted our first vines in 2005. It was an exciting adventure! “Who knew we could actually grow grapes in Minnesota?!”
2011 was another great year as the doors to the winery opened on July 2nd for the first time. The winery was open every weekend from Memorial day weekend to sometime in September or October.
That first year Whispering Oaks Winery had 6 wines on the menu board. Opening weekend brought more than 800 visitors to the winery!
On that opening day in 2011 Frontenac Gris, the grape grown in the front yard, sold out in four hours! It was just the beginning of what would become a regular occurrence.
That first year’s wines were Frontenac Gris, Marquette, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Serenity and Imagine. Over the years, four more varieties were produced. La Crescent, Elegance, Black Ice and Scarlet.
Whispering Oaks Winery has become known as the small, intimate winery with great tasting wines. We always welcomed all of our customers as they entered the door. It didn’t matter if you were a seasoned wine lover or someone just learning to enjoy wine.
Many of our loyal customers (and now friends) know our tasting room could be full, but everyone was always so patient as they waited for their next “pour”. It did not take people long to learn they needed to come early in the wine season to make sure all of their favorites would still be in stock. Many varieties sold out very quickly.
As we contemplate this final year, and yes this is the final year, our license expires in August and we will not renew it. Our first day was July 2nd, 2011. Our last day will be July 2nd, 2017. This passionate idea we had was one of our “better” life decisions. It’s been a joy for us to share with all of you our wines and our stories.
And now we hold our glass of Whispering Oaks Winery wine and we toast all of you, “Remember life’s to short to drink mediocre wine! Cheers!”