Carlos Creek Winery
Carlos Creek Winery
6693 County Rd 34 NW
Phone: (320) 846-5443
Contact: Tami Bredeson
Kim & I moved from Baudette, Minnesota on March 28, 2008 to buy Carlos Creek. When we told friends and family that we were moving south to buy a winery, they pictured Napa or Sonoma. Boy were they surprised when we told them the winery we were buying was in Alexandria, Minnesota!
Since our arrival we have been asked countless times, “What possessed you to buy a winery?” Truth be told, our journey here was perhaps a bit unconventional. Neither of us grew up in the wine business. We’d never made a bottle of home-made wine. We’d never even grown a grape vine. Our inspiration came from a single bottle of great wine.
Kim, a woodcarver, had carved a beautiful mantel for a woman who worked for the Robert Mondavi Winery. She sent him a bottle of Opus One with a note that read, “Our masterpiece for your masterpiece.” The wine, beautifully packaged, was clearly worth more than any other bottle of wine we had ever owned. Its arrival marked the beginning of our wine journey which included visits to wineries, studying, buying and enjoying wines and, five years later, buying Carlos Creek. To toast our new purchase, we opened and enjoyed the wine that inspired it all - and we enjoyed every drop!
Now we find ourselves living surrounded by vines and orchards and blessed to have both our sons interested and actively involved in the winery. Tyler works at the winery as Director of Sales and is in charge of our Wine Club and sales to liquor stores and restaurants. Samuel builds and maintains our web-site and e-mail programs while studying to be a biomedical engineer in Michigan. You’ll usually find Kim in the vineyard or his wood shop and on the weekends, he’s likely to be your tour guide. I head up our marketing and PR, including designing our wine labels and writing copy like this for our web site.
Winemaker: Michelle Bailly
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