Al and Judy Olson

Chisago County
2013

Al and Judy Olson purchased their farm near Almelund in 1982.  Fourteen years after purchasing the farm, the couple determined from researching options that the land was well suited for grape growing.  In 2008, they started making their own wine, and in 2010, after having won many ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair, they opened a winery.  Today the Olson’s grow grapes, make their own wine, and operate the winery.    This all takes place on 15.5 acres of land.  Al and Judy get help at the vineyard from their son Andrew and family, wife Diane, Jacob, and Megan.  Also daughter Jane, and grandson Lukas Olson help. They also have two partners with the Winery, Irving Geary the winemaker, and James Stockwell, both who also grow grapes for the winery.

Al and Judy are members of the Farm Bureau, Minnesota Grape Growers Association, and Minnesota Farm Winery Association.  They also have hosted Extension Master Gardener classes on grape growing at their vineyard for both Master Gardener and the public.  The Olson’s do not consider other wineries to be competition; instead, they participate in a wine trail with five others.

chisago, 2013

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