|Wine making at Tug Hill.|
Owners Mike and Sue Maring established the vineyard in 2007, planting 10 varieties of hybrid grapes created for cold climates. Six wines will be up for free sampling both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festivities will include a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. Live music is scheduled both days as well, and the dining space will be open for Sunday brunch.
The Marings have been involved in the horticulture industry for 30 years, having previously owned a landscape and nursery business. They have 10 acres of grapevines on their 40-acre estate. In addition to grapes, Tug Hill Vineyards also features three acres of you-pick red and golden raspberries from July into October, along with five acres of you-pick high bush blueberries.
The cold-hardy grapes were developed at the University of Minnesota. They include Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, La Crescent and Marquette.
Tug Hill is located at 4051 Yancey Road, six miles north of this Lewis County community. (Map and directions here.) Phone: (315) 376-4336.
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