8 Acres + 8 Generations = Our family Vineyards
Grovedale Farm has been in our family since 1812. Matthias Hollenback gave the property as a wedding gift to his daughter Ellen, who had married Charles Fisher Welles. In 1822, the couple moved into a log cabin on the property. The original name of the farm was Grovedale because it is said that the people of Wyalusing used to come to the area to have their picnics, in the grove or the dale.
Construction of what is now known as the Old Red House began in 1822 and was not totally finished until the 1840’s. In 1895, an addition was built, doubling its size. In 1918, the family mysteriously abandoned the house, leaving clothes in the closets, as well as food on the table and in the pantry. They apparently left in a significant hurry. The building sat abandoned for almost 70 years, but ownership never left the family. The abandoned house was used as a grain warehouse for the family business, Welles Mill Company. It was remodeled in 1985-6 by Dean and Kay Welles Homer, who took pride in restoring it to its original splendor. It is now on the National Historic Registry and tours are offered regularly.
Jeff and Kim Homer moved onto the property and used the farmland to plant a vineyard. The grape vines have been planted since 2005 and the tasting room opened in September of 2008. Grovedale Winery & Vineyard is a winery rooted in heritage and tradition. We are very proud to offer our quests a unique wine tasting experience.
Grovedale Winery and Vineyards is a producer of premium wines grown in our eight acres of vineyards and from the surrounding area. At Grovedale, we focus on what the vineyard does best, growing Riesling and Minnesota French hybrid varieties such as Frontenac Gris and St. Pepin, on vines managed for low yield and maximum fruit intensity. Our wines are carefully crafted by a skilled winemaker in small lots, ensuring every single bottle of Grovedale wine boasts exceptional quality and flavor. Many of our wines are rare and hard to find, but they are even harder to forget. We look forward to welcoming you to Grovedale Winery.
We have 8 acres of vineyards that surround our winery and tasting room. The vineyard has 11 different varieties of red and white wine grapes. Our original vineyard was planted in 2005 with mostly Minnesota French-American hybrid varieties. Since then we have planted some Vinifera and other hybrid grapes. The wine grapes we grow include: Riesling, Chardonnay, Vidal, Grüner, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Louise Swenson, St. Croix, St. Pepin, Marquette, Lando Noir, and Lacrosse. We are making some delicious and unique, award winning wines from them that are unique to our Endless Mountains territory.