Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

Kasota, MN

7,500 Square Feet

Located on a historic farm site in Kasota, Minnesota, Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery sits on a bluff surrounded by the forest and meandering Chankaska Creek. Working with Chankaska on multiple expansions, renovations, and additions, ISG supports the local winery in developing and expanding its two-story, 7,500 square foot facility.

Master plans for the 15 acres included a 10 acre vineyard, trail system, courts, restored picnic area, and indoor/outdoor event spaces. Multiple paths and bridges over the creek create scenic connections to various outdoor venues, while providing a unique identity to each space. Historic farm structures were renovated to provide additional space for storage, as well as multiple private events, such as weddings or company parties. The new outdoor amphitheater with built-in seating is one of four unique event spaces that provide picturesque venues. To further Chankaska’s brand, ISG assisted the winery in applying for a grant to develop and implement their marketing plan, allowing for enhanced public relations, website and brochure capabilities, and trade show booths.

With a local limestone base, cedar siding, and metal and asphalt roofing, the facility generates an upscale ranch theme. When guests first enter, they are greeted with vaulted ceilings, retail opportunities, and ample windows for an open, bright feel. The tasting room on the first level provides guests with a fireside lounge that reveals a glimpse of the winemaking floor below, and is adorned with faux wood beams, dark hanging lanterns, and round, irregular stones that match the exterior. On the lower level, the wine presses, fermentation tanks, and “clean” room and lab facilities establish a more industrial atmosphere, and accommodate the Cooperage – an underground barrel storage area. The winery also contains a large roof deck, terraces on the side of the facility, and a kitchen with a tile mosaic, wood fired pizza oven. Featuring porcelain tile floors, accent lighting, and both finished and reclaimed barn wood accents, the winery’s designs are similar to a fine dining establishment.

Offering tours, wine tasting, special events, live entertainment, and six private venues, Chankaska has quickly grown into the State’s second largest winery, and was named “Best Winery” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery remains true to its Minnesota setting, while simultaneously transporting visitors into the spirit of classic wine country.


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