Burr Vineyards is a small, boutique, family winery located in the Lakes Region of Central Minnesota. We specialize in hand-crafted wines derived from the cold-hardy grapes grown right adjacent to the winery property. The Ledermann family purchased the 95-acre farm in western Douglas County near Alexandria in 1999 and eventually planted over 2 acres of prime wine grape varieties developed at the University of Minnesota and by the famous grape breeder, Elmer Swenson.
All of the 14 varieties in the vineyard are cold-hardy, meaning they can withstand the frigid -40 degree winter temperatures of this area without special protective covering. The terroir of Burr vineyards is perfect for growing these unique wine grape varieties because of the rolling hills, long summer days filled with sun, and cool evening breezes floating in from the nearby lakes. Overlooking Burr Lake, the winery property provides an excellent escape from the outside world, with its winding natural woodland and prairie wildlife trails which entice visitors to take their wine drinking experience to a new level.
The addition of the outdoor brick oven for guests to enjoy pizzas or home-baked breads in addition to their wine tasting, makes for the perfect enjoyable afternoon. The Ledermanns have always believed in staying close to the land and enjoying all the benefits of a nice walk, watching birds and wildlife, good conversation and of course, some very special wines.
The winemaker and co-founder of Burr Vineyards is Florian Ledermann, father, grandfather and husband to the late Aggie, is proud to offer these fruits of the vine and loves to share his talents with friends and visitors. Aggie was a very special person and intimately involved with the early winery experience and is surely missed but her spirit will lead us on forever. Florian has always believed that quality is more important than quantity and won’t release any wines until they have passed the scrutiny of the family and close-friend wine connoisseurs. The wine cellar is now fully stocked with 11 different varietals and blends of both red and white wines.