Introducing Lucas Ballweber – Our new Chef!

Lucas has been in the restaurant business for 19 years.  He graduated from The Art Institutes International with a degree in culinary arts.  Over the course of his culinary career he has held every position in a restaurant ranging from executive chef to general manager.  He has had the privilege of working alongside some of the Twin Cities most influential chefs and his passion for food comes to life in his creations.

Lucas will be helping guests create memorable experiences with our fine dining wine paired dinners, as well as assist with Bistro menus and Friday Night Supper Clubs.

TCL in your Town: Waconia’s Brewery, Distillery, and Wineries

From Twin Cities Live

Waconia Winemaker: Ben Banks of Sovereign Estate

Sovereign Estate’s Ben Banks relishes the art and science of winemaking.

SWM5867_2016_SovereignEstate_EJD_004 croppedBY Liz Potasek
From the April 2016 Southwest Metro Magazine issue

While a background in graphic design and photography might not seem like a natural pathway to winemaking, it makes perfect sense after chatting with Ben Banks, the award-winning winemaker at Sovereign Estate in Waconia.

It takes the precision of a scientist and the soul of an artist, whether building a brand, shooting a picture or making a bottle of wine, and Banks has built his career doing all of those things. As a member of the family who owns Sovereign Estate, he’s also used those talents to support the family business. “When you have a small family business, you don’t have a job description,” he says. “Your job is to make the business work. You do whatever you have to do.”


 A Noble Pursuit

LA_Visit (1)Sovereign Estate crafts award-winning wines here in the heartland.

From the 2015 Spring issue of Artful Living Magazine

A _ visit to Sovereign Estate on Lake Waconia, just 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, leaves you feeling transported to Wine Country. A country road leads to the vineyard-lined drive. Over your shoulder is a stunning vista of trellises against the lakeshore backdrop. Bright magenta walls and a striped canopy fashion a cheerful tasting room, where medals, awards and the coveted Minnesota Governor’s Cup, a traveling trophy bestowed upon the maker of the state’s best wine, are proudly displayed.