Created: 06/15/2014 11:07 PM KAALtv.com
By: Hannah Tran
(ABC 6 News) -- After only two and a half years, Minnesota's largest winery is going to expand statewide and eventually national.
Spring Valley's Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery has a new line of wine that's intended to give Minnesota-grown grapes a chance to shine nationally.
A wine glass is hardly ever empty at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery. Looking back to the year of 2011, when it opened, wine-maker Justin Osborne can't help but be blown away by its progress.
"Now we're doing some things that I don't think anyone's done before," said Osborne.
He's talking about a new line that's going to be offered nationwide. Named as Sunflake Wines, it's considered as a one of a kind blend.
"It's 75 percent California varieties and 25 percent Minnesotan varieties, that has not been done yet," said Osborne.
Sunflake has some of the traditional tastes from California in its Riesling and Moscato varieties, but it's enhanced with grapes grown from Minnesota wineries that are unique because of its short and harsh growing season.
"It's different than anything else in the country, it produces different tastes and flavors," said Marketing Director Kristin Osborne, who's married to Justin.
It captures the taste of Minnesota-bred grapes that locals will love, but it's meant to be shared, a whole lot.
"It was only here and now it's going to be everywhere," said Justin.
Four Daughters got the idea from their own guests. Experimental blends in their tasting room blossomed into an idea to create something new to expand into markets across the country.
"It was only here and now it's going to be everywhere," said Kristin.
It's operated by a family. It's expanding thanks to friends and neighbors. Now, it's sharing flavors inherited from Minnesota. Four Daughters Winery is all about its home-state, no matter where it goes.
The winery's staff chose to work with one of Minnesota's largest distribution companies to offer its wine at liquor stores statewide.
It will take some time to find enough interested retail stores outside of Minnesota before a nationwide can get started.