Think of vineyards and your mind goes to Italy, to Napa Valley.

But Winona?

Despite a climate where snow can be in the forecast six months out of the year, there’s great wine right in our own backyard.

Linda and Marvin Seppanen started Garvin Heights Vineyards seven years ago after deciding to take their passion to the public. The couple had made wine for themselves for years and toured the United States and world to see masters at work.

Linda, a registered nurse and nursing professor at Winona State University, and Marvin, an engineering consultant, have lived on the property where the vineyards sit for more than 30 years with their family.

In 2006, they started making the wine that would stock the shelves when the vineyards opened in 2007. And despite the vineyard’s young vintage, the couple has received numerous awards at winery conventions around the country and world.

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Written By Stefani Schmidt
Winona Daily News