Hastings vineyard cleaning up after flooding forces temporary closure

March 21, 2019 10:16 PM

While many Minnesotans are still waiting for the worst of the spring flooding, for others it has already come.

Alexis Bailly Vineyards in Hastings is cleaning up from what the owner is calling the worst flooding they've ever faced.


"I've never seen flooding like this before, never," Nan Bailly said. 

RELATED: Flooding preparations continue in St. Paul

Frozen soil, rain and snow melt created a mess. The vineyard even had to build a berm to block water from getting into the wine cellar. 

"We were anticipating problems with floods this spring given the amount of snow," Bailly said. 

Unfortunately, a foot-and-a-half of water did get through the cellar door to where the wine barrels and tanks are.

"The water came in the back, so we had about a foot-and-a-half of muddy water that we're still trying to clean up from," Bailly said. 

RELATED: National Guard stands ready to assist in flood relief efforts

Staff had to move one thousand wine boxes from the basement, and about 250 cases have minor water damage. As for the crops, Bailly said they'll have to wait and see what the winter has done to them. 

"30 below zero, that's pretty cold," Bailly said. "Pretty tough on the buds, so we're already anticipating some losses on our crops this year." 

But there is good news.

"So far I haven't lost a drop of wine, that's a very good thing," Bailly said. 

RELATED: Hundreds of volunteers fill sandbags in Stillwater

The closure will only last until March 30. But Bailly knows she has support to keep growing wine even in the harshest conditions. 

"Amazing community that pulled together for us," she said. "We're so grateful for all the help." 

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