Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA
Starting in 2005 Linda and Marv along with grape growers from Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois started work on gaining federal status as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) for the drift-less area along the Mississippi River. June 22, 2009 the federal government approved the Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA. The AVA encompasses 19,144,960 acres an area 50 times larger than the Bordeaux wine region of France and 40 times larger than Napa County, CA. Today the AVA has nearly 100 wineries.
Great River Road Wine Trail
In 2009 GHV and 8 other wineries located near the Great River Road in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa formed the Great River Road Wine Trail organization. The trail has grown to include 11 wineries and has as its goal the promotion of wine tourism along the upper Mississippi River Valley. The trail spans 250 miles from Cannon Falls, MN to Marquette, IA on both sides of the Mississippi River. The trail’s wineries host thousands of visitors each year and sponsor two weekend events in June and November. Marvin Seppanen has served as the group’s treasurer since its founding.
Minnesota Wine Country
GHV along with seven other Minnesota Farm Wineries and catering partner own and operate Minnesota Wine Country at the Minnesota State Fair. In 2012, the group purchased a former church diner and converted it into a venue to serve Minnesota produced wines and some of the most unique foods at the fair for the 11 days leading up to Labor Day each summer.
GHV is member of Minnesota Farm Winery Association, Minnesota and Wisconsin Grape Grower Associations, Southern Minnesota Wine Grower Alliance, Wine America, and Minnesota Farm Bureau. Linda serves as president of the Minnesota Farm Winery Association. To sell wine to our many Wisconsin customers, GHV is member of Badger State Winery Cooperative.