Danzinger Vineyards

About Us

The old adage goes that if you want to be successful, do something you love. For their entire lives, Melvin and David Danzinger loved to farm. They were looking for a new challenge in their retirement when someone suggested growing grapes.  What started as a family venture has grown into a passion with more than 8,000 plants on 18 acres located in some of the most beautiful scenery you will find in the Mississippi River Valley. From the casual wine drinker to a true connoisseur, Danzinger Vineyards has the blend to enchant your palate.
David Danzinger, Winery Manager
David Danzinger earned a Masters in Agricultural Education from UW River Falls. David was previously the manager of Danzinger and Sons Farms. He held this position for 30 years until his sons took over running the business. 
He has applied his business experience and information he has learned from numerous seminars on winery operations to help build Danzinger Vineyards into the buisness it is today.
Melvin Danzinger, Vineyard Manager

Melvin Danzinger earned a Bachelors in Agronomy from UW River Falls. Melvin was in charge of the crop program at Danzinger and Sons Farms for the past 30 years.

Melvin has also attended numerous seminars on operating wineries and has been managing the vineyard aspect of Danzinger Vineyards since its start in 2003.

Luke Sombke, Wine Maker
Luke Sombke, our winemaker for the last six years, is a native of Minnesota and a lover of cold climate grapes. He has an Associates of Applied Science in both viticulture, the cultivation of grape vines, as well as enology, the study of wines from VESTA. He has attended several conferences in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin on both grape growing and wine making. He has won medals with Danzinger Vineyards wines and continues to impress with the best quality of wine around.