The story of 7 Vines Vineyard begins with Ron and Arlie Peltier, high school sweethearts from the east side of St. Paul. They both attended the University of Minnesota, married young and raised two children in Dellwood. After eyeing the property for decades, the opportunity came in 2010 for Ron and Arlie to purchase a beautiful piece of land in Dellwood from the granddaughter of railroad baron James J. Hill. Their love of fine wine and the advancements made to grape growing in the Midwest inspired the Peltiers to start a vineyard and winery on the historic estate.
Just 20 miles northeast of the Twin Cities, 7 Vines is a true destination. It's one of Minnesota's largest full-experience wineries and a beautiful place for community, friendship and celebration. Acres of rolling vines and a state-of-the-art winery invite visitors to explore the grape-to-wine process and savor handcrafted wines with Midwest charm. The winery boasts beautiful handcrafted woodwork with a modern rustic flair, abundant windows and gorgeous accordion doors that allow for plenty of natural light, and scenic views of the vineyard and surrounding lands. The property also features a large wine bar, two stone fireplaces, a barrel room, a full bottling facility and amazing award-winning wine.
With 10 acres of rolling vines, the 7 Vines estate is the perfect place to host family celebrations, holiday parties, and corporate and social affairs. As a 2020 Best of Weddings honoree by The Knot, 7 Vines Vineyard is also an ideal place to indulge your wedding-day dreams. Indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, an elegant fire wall and a pergola with a louvered canopy allow wedding couples to host a picture-perfect special day. Better still, Kowalski's is one of 7 Vines' preferred caterers.
Getting to Know Matt Scott
Matt Scott is arguably the most gifted and experienced winemaker working in Minnesota today. He has been a winemaker and viticulturist for more than 15 years and has experience working in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Oregon. Matt holds chemistry and biology degrees from the University of Minnesota as well as advanced studies in behavioral ecology. He serves on the Minnesota Grape Growers Association board and has also developed Minnesota's first wine trail. Matt's winemaking skills have garnered him Double Gold, Gold and Silver in competitions across the country, including the Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition, Indy International Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition and the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition. His 2015 La Crescent earned Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, and he recently earned Best of Show for his 2016 Marquette at the International Cold Climate Wine Competition. While at 7 Vines Vineyard, Matt has entered 10 of his wines into prestigious international competitions, and all 10 have earned medals, including his Best in Class Double Gold 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold Vin Doré Peltier Port and Frontenac Blanc Reserve.
Kowalski's is proud to now offer a select number of 7 Vines wines in each of our seven Wine Shops.