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Local winery named best of Minnesota

Carlos Creek Winery was voted “Best Winery” in Minnesota by WCCO-TV viewers. The segment featuring the winery aired August 6 and that following weekend. Owners said they had one of their biggest business weekends ever. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

Cheers to Carlos Creek Winery for recently receiving a popular accolade from a Twin Cities TV station.

The winery was chosen as “Best Winery” in Minnesota by WCCO-TV viewers.

“By the time I went on the WCCO website, I was just humbled by the comments; they were so positive from customers who had been here and had great experiences. We lit up the page right away from the get-go, which was pretty exciting,” said Tami Bredeson, co-owner of Carlos Creek Winery.

WCCO airs a segment called “Best of Minnesota” and viewers vote on a variety of topics – everything from best sandwich and best vegan-friendly restaurant to best pet groomers and best salon for men.

Carlos Creek Winery received its on-air, “Best of” nod on August 6.

“We’ve had people say, ‘This is an unpretentious place to come and try wine that’s really good.’ That’s how we feel. Really good wine should be available to everybody and people shouldn’t feel like they have to be some kind of wine expert to come in

“We don’t strive to be the biggest but I would like to make the best Minnesota wine,” Bredeson said.

The weekend after the “Best of” segment aired, business boomed, owners said.

“We had the biggest Saturday we’ve ever had, followed by the biggest Sunday we’ve ever had and it’s just been on a roll. We’ve had so many people come in and say, ‘We saw you on WCCO,’ so we definitely had an immediate impact,” Bredeson said.

“I think people really like coming to the Alex area. This is a place where people spend their vacation time, their free time, their time away from work and our winery reflects that kind of fun atmosphere.”


Carlos Creek wines have earned dozens of awards. Most recently, its “You Betcha Blush” won “Rosé Wine of the Year” in the Indy International Wine Competition.

“We beat out wines from Italy and from Spain and from Napa; it was an extremely big honor for us,” Bredeson said.

Minnesota wineries have to use at least 51 percent locally grown product in their wines.

Established in 1999, Carlos Creek is one of Minnesota’s oldest wineries. It produces more than 18 varieties of Minnesota wines.

The winery also offers numerous events throughout the year. The annual Grape Stomp is set for September 12-14, Hot Dish Day will take place September 28 and Apple Fest rounds out the season on October 18.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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