Owners Chuck Corliss and Kim Schroeder will hold a grand opening celebration for their North Shore Winery and Sawtooth Mountain Cider House this weekend, July 16-17, in Lutsen, Minnesota.
“We have been busy creating a special space for North Shore visitors and locals to relax and enjoy our wine and ciders,” states Chuck Corliss, North Shore Winery owner and winemaker. “We are looking forward to opening and hope our guests enjoy the ambiance of our tasting room and outside seating areas.”
The winery project began in 2012 when the couple purchased property on Ski Hill Road in Lutsen. They knew they wanted to retire in Lutsen, but the couple was inspired to start a winery and cidery after visiting Castle Danger Brewing in Two Harbors, according to their website. They hope their wines and ciders will complement the craft beer options being made in the area.
The winery manufacturing facility and tasting room were completed in 2015. Wine production began last fall, and there will be five red wines and four white wines made from California grapes. In addition, two ciders made from Minnesota apples—Herbie’s Blend made with Caribou Creme maple syrup and Kim’s blend, a dry cider—are also available.
Now through October, the winery and tasting room will be open daily from 11am–7pm. The tasting room, managed by Rob Grubbs, will offer a flight of tastings for a fee along with carafe, glass, and bottle purchases of wine and hard cider. The tasting room will also offer a selection of Minnesota crafted cheeses and cured meats to enjoy while visiting the winery.