David Bailly Family
David Bailly founded the state’s first vineyard and winery in Hastings in 1973. He challenged Minnesota’s climate in his attempt to make the first wines from Minnesota-grown grapes. The Bailly family is now celebrating 40 years of wine making and continues to be in the forefront of pioneering Minnesota as a wine producing region. David Bailly’s early adventure into growing grapes helped launch cold-hardy grape research at the University of Minnesota.
The Bailly family has 13 acres of wine grapes that include the original French varieties their father, David, planted along with many of the new cold-hardy varieties developed at the University. The Bailly winery sits in the center of the vineyard.
The Baillys continue to experiment with cold-hardy grape varieties for their ability to ripen during Minnesota’s shorter growing season and survive the state’s cold winters. Research continues into the wine cellar for the quality of the wine the family seeks to produce.
David Bailly’s daughter, Nan, is the winery’s winemaker and manager. She is a member of the University of Minnesota Rosemount Research and Outreach Center’s advisory committee and a member of the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center Advisory Board at the University.
Alexis Bailly Vineyard works with Lifeworks, a local organization that helps disabled adults lead meaningful lives. The winery also works with Hastings Family Services to help promote the organization’s important work supporting needy families in the area.