Buffalo Rock Winery
Buffalo Rock Winery
4527 23rd Street SE
Contact: Nicole Dietman
Why Buffalo Rock?
Location, location, location! The winery is located between Buffalo and Rockford, in Rockford Township just North of highway 55.
A Dream COME True!
My ultimate dream came true on May 10, 2012. It was my first day without another job! Finally, I can focus on my children and the winery! No more 100-mile round trip commutes, no phone calls from staff and far less emails! Roseville offered 9.5 years of memories, friendships and professional experiences worth far more than the wages received, but there's nothing more fabulous than the feeling of a personal accomplishment and I will thoroughly enjoy this new era!
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Opening Buffalo Rock Winery in 2010 was truly "living the dream" for me. With a passion for wine and an even greater desire to [eventually*] spend more time with my children, owning a winery on my property is a perfect fit. I'm frequently asked what was the motivation behind starting a winery? Facetiously, I may respond with, "insanity." After all, who starts up a business when she already has a great job outside of the home, albeit over forty miles away, and also has two kids under three years of age? The answer? Me! However, the real response for my motivation is my kids. As much as I wish it could be possible, being a stay-at-home mom isn't in the cards for us. The next best thing is to work "from home" in order to one day be able to spend more time with my family, hopefully in the near future, once my commuting days are behind me and at a minimum, someday it will be nice to not be 50 miles from the kids' day care/school! So, the summer of 2009, while looking ahead to my first grape harvest and on maternity leave with a colic baby, I knew I had to make my dream a reality. And I knew I had to do it then or I'd miss too many precious moments in my kids' young lives if I continued to keep the winery idea on the back burner and didn't start the gears in motion for my new venture! That was when I went from a home vintner to establishing a commercial winery, Buffalo Rock Winery (Dietman Vineyard & Winery, LLC).
Many Years in the Making
Developing a vineyard was the first dream, but the even larger aspiration was establishing a winery. The first phase of the vineyard was planted in 2007 with Marquette, Frontenac and LaCrescent vines, all University of Minnesota hybrid wine grapes. An expansion was added in 2010 with Frontenac Gris (another U of M hybrid), Edelweiss and Prairie Star. Many ask, and yes, I am a U of M alumnus with an undergraduate and master's degree. I also worked in the Gopher Athletics Department (media relations, then marketing).
Buffalo Rock Winery opened its doors to the public October 2, 2010!
Buffalo Rock Winery might be a one-woman venture, but it would not be possible without the support of my fabulous family, especially my parents (try Rosemary's Rose' & to be released in August Papa Mike's Rockin' Rose', in-laws (coming soon: Peg's Apple Wine & Papa Steve's Contraband) and ultimately my fabulous husband (also soon to be released, Jeff's Shining Moon), without his push in 2009 to get moving on my dream, this likely wouldn't have happened. Friends have also offered their generous gift of time compiling countless hours of manual labor for everything from planting and weeding to construction, harvesting and bottling. Additionally, there are so many wonderful people who have offered their moral support throughout this process, too many to possibly list! Thank you all so very much!
Winemaker: Nicole Dietman
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