October 5, 2014 11:30 PM
by Mike Binkley
CHISAGO CITY, Minn. (WCCO) — Winemaking has brought sweet success to one Minnesota family, but they’ve been stung many times in the process.
WineHaven is an award-winning vineyard and winery, but its best-selling product doesn’t involve any grapes at all. It’s a wine made of honey.
Kevin Peterson and his family were beekeepers before they ever built a vineyard in the 1990s. Now, honey is what goes into their most popular wine.
“We call it Stinger, like the bee stinger,” said Kyle Peterson, Kevin’s son. “There’s no grapes in it, no fruit at all. It’s only made with honey.”
WineHaven produces 20,000 bottles of honey wine each year, shipping some of it as far away as Japan and South Korea.