When people think about Montana's short growing season and cold winters, the vision of vineyards may not immediately spring to mind. However, there are varietals well-suited for Montana's northern climate and innovative vinters are constantly developing new hybrids and techniques for growing grapes in Big Sky Country. Currently, the bulk of grapes used in Montana wines are grown in other western states. Unique wines are also created using Montana's famous Flathead cherries, wild huckleberries, tart chokecherries, honey, and even dandelions.
Visit one of the wineries below for an educational experience and a taste of truly outstanding wines.
82420 US HWY 93
Montana's first and oldest winery will be celebrating 30 years of excellence this year after opening their doors in 1984 on the shores of Flathead Lake. There is even access to the winery by boat. Tom Campbell Jr. is the man behind the winemaking. Following the wisdom of his father Tom Sr., Tom Jr. trained at the University of California at Davis in Enology (wine making ) and Viticulture ( grape growing). The Winery currently produces approximately 6,500 cases of wine a year. Located north of Polson, in Dayton, Montana, the tasting room is open May thru October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July thru August.
3250 U.S. Highway 2 East
Full service winery with tasting room and event center. Live music in the summer. Locally grown fruits and regional grapes comprise our handcrafted boutique wine. Open year round, Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 PM. Open 7 days a week from June-December. Check www.glaciersunwinery.com for more details.
137 Morning Star Lane
Tongue River Vineyard & Winery is the only commercial vineyard/winery combination east of Missoula in Montana. A large range of wines are available for tasting and purchase by the glass, bottle or mixed case. Tours of the vineyard and winery are available. The winery can also handle small weddings, rehearsal dinners, and company parties. Open Monday-Saturday, 8 AM-6 PM, and Sunday, 2-7 PM. The owners live next to the vineyard ard are generally available after listed hours as well. From Miles City, go south one mile on MT 59, then west past the Veterans Cemetery, follow the winery signs. About 2 miles from I-94.
4175 Rattlesnake Drive
Escape to Montana Wine Coutry, up the Rattlesnake Valley, to sample our award-winning wines. Drink sample flights or wine by the glass. Warm weather seating in available on the lawn overlooking the vineyard, and cold weather seating is inside the working winery by candleight. Anti-pasto plates are available for purchase, or you are welcome to bring your own food. Live music every Friday and Saturday evening. Certified organic, no added sulfites. Open for tasting Thursday-Saturday, 5 PM-9 PM. Open for purchasing wine Monday-Wednesday, 8 AM-5 PM. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas. Take exit #105 off I-90 (Van Buren Street). Go northeast on Van Buren, which becomes Rattlesnake Drive, for 3 miles.
1345 U.S. Hwy 93 North, Suite 5
We are a winery specializing in meads crafted from only the finest pure Montana honey and fruit, as well as Montana-grown grapes. Tour the winery and experience mead from start to finish. Buy mead right where it is made after discovering your favorite one during a tasting. All of our wines are all natural and have no added sulfites. Tasting room and gift shop. Free tasting and tours daily. Winery is located 5 miles south of Victor (3 miles north of Hamilton) at the corner of Sheafman Creek Road and Hwy. 93, west side of the highway. Open year round, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM-6 PM. Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Published: February 10, 2012 1:39:00 PM MST.
Last Modified: February 12, 2016 2:20:34 PM MST