The Javens Family Vineyard & Winery is one of the premiere Minnesota Farm Wineries, located 5 miles southeast of Mankato, Minnesota, on the banks of the Le Sueur River.
Our vineyard was established in 2010 and has doubled in size by 2012. In 2015, Duane & Karmen (Jeff’s sister) planted another vineyard nearby that double the amount of vines again. That vineyard will start to produce fruit in 2016. The vines we have planted are all cold-hardy varieties that can survive the below-zero winters we get here in Minnesota.
Our entire family has been involved in the vineyard in some form, from planting and watering to pruning and harvesting. It has been a great opportunity to instill a work ethic into our kids.
Jeff and Heather Javens started constructing their winery after Jeff’s father Duane decided to plant a vineyard to grow grapes. He is a farmer at heart, so when he retired from the Contracting business, he went back to his roots. He is the family’s Vineyard Manager and also manages the spray program for several of the vineyards from where we buy grapes.
Heather signed on as wine maker, but little did she know that avoiding chemistry in college would come back to haunt her! So back to college for chemistry classes! Jeff is in charge of all the equipment and licensing, and, come harvest, keeps things running smoothly on the crush line.
Off and on throughout the year we have a lot of additional family help from kids, siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. And, it is most definitely all hands on deck during harvest time! We can always tell when it’s getting close to harvest time because the kids eat more and more grapes while walking through the vineyard.
Our tasting room is scheduled to be open the summer of 2016, and if things go well we plan to expand to a larger tasting room in the future. It has been a slow process as we balance this with our busy family life but we will continue to nurture our kids and our winery for many years to come.
Saturday 1pm to 9pm
20011 589th Avenue
Mankato, MN 56001