Although this is only the second annual Summer Wine Fest and Market for the Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA), the organization has been promoting Minnesota’s grape and wine industry since 1976. In those four decades, MGGA has been committed to advancing legislative support and quality standards for state wine in order to provide loyal wine drinkers with the best products available.
The Summer Wine Fest is an effective and entertaining way to share and promote wine brands, and also heighten public awareness of the wine industry in Minnesota. On August 6, the Shops at West End will be brimming with over 20 winery and food vendors, tastings and live music, including a performance by local favorite Dan Israel. Aaron Berdofe, the organizer of the event and a member of MGGA, says this event is unlike any other in the Twin Cities—customers not only sample the wine, they can purchase bottles during the festival. The wineries that are participating are from all over Minnesota, including Parley Lake Winery, Schram Vineyards and St. Croix Vineyards.
Berdofe is proud that St. Louis Park is part of an experience that is hard to find anywhere else.
“There are not exactly wineries in the area,” he says. MGGA is honored to “bring those wineries to the Twin Cities.” The festival, hosted by MGGA and West End, takes place from noon to 5 p.m., and tickets are $40 per person.