The saying goes that if you’re a Midwest winery, you’re in the wedding business first and the wine business second. Cannon River Winery of Cannon Falls, already one of the biggest wineries in Minnesota, has announced expansion plans that solidify the first goal and make serious efforts with the second.
The winery was acquired by Ron Stowell, founder of Rainier Capital, in August. The plans call for:
- A 20,000 square foot addition to the company’s corporate headquarters.
- Increasing the number of vines from 9,000 to 20,000 to achieve a goal of doubling the vineyard’s wine production within three years.
- Increasing the winery’s restaurant distribution
- A renewed focus on branding and communications.
Cannon River’s facilities include a vintage warehouse that has been remodeled into an event center with space for up to 250 guests. They already host approximately 50 weddings per year, in addition to numerous business meetings and unique arts and entertainment events.