Mike and Ann have been hobby winemakers for many years and in 2008 decided to take their hobby to the next level. Mike says the winery is “a hobby gone wild.” Not coincidentally, a parcel of land adjacent to their homestead was put on the market in 2008 which is now the site of North Folk Winery.
In 2010 we continued with our fruit wine production!
Peter Henrikson – North House Folk School Master Timber Framer, was our teacher and guide from the beginning to the end of the project.
We chose to have the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota help us with the design, cutting of the timbers, and assembly of the winery. The pile of timbers is Day 1 of the 2 week project.
The project was accomplished with the help of 30+ volunteers who committed time to work at the Folk School over a two week period.
With the help of many volunteers, the timbers were erected on-site over a five day period.
Work continued through Fall, Winter and Spring of 2011/2012 to finish the tasting room and wine production area.
The winery officially opened as Stark Wines May 2012.
The addition of the brick pizza oven in 2013 allowed us to expand our menu and offer Gourmet Pizza Night every Friday night.
Grape wine production began September 2013 with cold climate grapes purchased from Ann River Vineyard in Mora, Minnesota.
The self guided fruit gardens enhance the lovely grounds of perennial flowers and vineyard and enable customers to see the fruit before it’s in the bottle.
The addition of the porch in 2014 expanded our seating. The porch addition is timber frame construction, again, under the direction of Peter Henrikson.
The outside seating and view of the rural countryside creates a relaxing and enjoyable experience.