With birds singing and warmer air enticing garden anticipation, the winemakers of our state turn the soil and dig up vines. Spring at a vineyard is hard work and more hard work all to benefit our love of the splendid drink. The tasting room and gift shop at Alexis Bailly Vineyard and Winery is open Fridays and Saturdays in April. This Vineyard and Winery was the first to blossom in Minnesota. David Bailly, (great grandson of Alexis Bailly, one of the first four founders of Hastings) started this family business well over 38 years ago when he planted his first vines. His daughter Nan now follows in his “grape stomping” footsteps. Starting in May they will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours are always 11am-5:30pm. This is their 33rd Annual Spring Open House (June 3,4,5 and 10,11 and 12). They have a loyal following, some second generation wine connosieurs who now enjoy the fruits of the labor of the second generation of winemakers. The invitation from the Baillys reads “Celebrate the release of our new vintage of wine. Enjoy the grounds with a picnic from our deli: we have local cheeses, breads, salami, desserts and anything you might need for the perfect afternoon. ” And special this year they have added Wine and Wag Fridays 5-7pm during the Spring Open House. Bring your Dog to the Winery! Terry Ann, the Dog Whisperer, will be there to talk to your dog; Stacy Eng from Grand Paws in St. Paul is bringing her nail clippers; Treats from Sojos; and Toumie the Winery Dog will be giving dog tours in the vineyard! Guests at the Classic Rosewood Inn and Spa in Hastings often stop at the winery before checking in to the Inn to choose a fine wine to accompany the in house dinners. Visit their package page for a delightful all inclusive tour of local wineries and eateries.