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1. Grapes are harvested in the fall — many of them by volunteers — and loaded into containers for transport to the winery. The occasion is festive, co-owner Maureen Maloney said, complete with wine tasting and outdoor eating. (Photo provided by the Cannon River Winery)

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CANNON FALLS — In the Sogn Valley south of town sits the largest vineyard in Minnesota. Although the hills are covered in snow for now, come next fall the area will be teeming with energy as groups of volunteers help harvest grapes for the Cannon River Winery.


“It’s a beautiful spot,” said Maureen Maloney, who founded the vineyard with husband John more than a decade ago. “You’d think you just stepped out into Napa Valley.”

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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