OUR GRAPES—Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Itasca, Marquette and La Crescent.
Sovereign Estate boasts an impressive Estate Vineyard of over 30 picturesque acres on the north shore of Lake Waconia. The vineyard was planted in stages with Marquette being the first in the ground in 2007, followed shortly by LaCrescent and Frontenac Blanc. 10 years after the original vineyard was planted, an additional 20 acres were added to the Estate which include Frontenac, Frontenac Gris and Itasca, as well as more Marquette and LaCrescent.
It isn’t hard to see that the Vineyard location is second to none in the state. South-facing slopes provide maximum sun exposure, Lake Waconia not only provides a beautiful backdrop but also protects against frost in the late spring and early fall, and the soil is rich in nutrients, allowing the vines to grow strong and healthy.
Sustainability is one of the most important aspects to the vineyard. It is an easy concept but a challenging task: do more with your hands and less with machines to allow a lower environmental impact. What does that translate to in the vineyard? Well, it oftentimes means more work. Instead of spraying herbicides, we take the time to weed whip the vineyard on a bi-weekly basis. We’re implementing a spray program that is more reactive than a typical 7-day schedule. We have introduced sheep to our vineyard; they eat the grass and weeds throughout the vineyards, provide nutrients to the soil, and minimize our need for tractor usage. This all translates into lower compaction of our soil, less fuel use, lower environmental impact and healthier, better tasting grapes!