About Us

Located just 25 minutes outside of the Twin Cities, Painter Creek Winery & Cidery is nestled next to Minnetonka Orchards, a beautiful orchard with over forty rolling acres of apple trees. Enjoy our wines on the front patio on a beautiful day or inside our cozy tasting room. 

Painter Creek Winery & Cidery is expanding! We will be opening a new, 10,000 square foot event hall on the back side of our building. This space is targeted to open in late 2020. 


Meet the Owners: Lowell & Phyllis Schaper

In 1972 Lowell and Phyllis Schaper built their family home on forty rolling acres in Minnetrista. Four years later in 1976 after the first planting of some 600 apple trees, Minnetonka Orchards was born. For the last 35 years this family-owned-and-operated apple orchard has been under the guidance of Lowell and Phyllis and has blossomed into a first class agri-tourism destination for families in the Twin Cities and beyond. Boasting some 12 acres of rolling apple trees, the business has grown into a popular fall destination for families seeking a unique experience.

In 2012, the idea to open a winery, now Painter Creek Winery, was born. Lowell and Phyllis give credit to the University of Minnesota for taking Minnesota’s native wild grape and conditioned it into a cold-climate wine grape  (one that will survive 30 below). Because of the development of these cold climate wine grapes, such as Marquette, La Crescent, Frontenac Blanc, Frontenac Gris and Itasca and several others, Painter Creek Winery & Cider is now able to grow hardy grapes and produce very good wines. These Minnesota Cold Climate grapes are changing the wine industry across the northern US, Canada and northern Europe. The Schaper’s wanted to be part of that change. 

After purchasing an old horse stable adjacent to Minnetonka Orchards’ property in 2012, the Schaper family and hard-working employees planted the first grapes. Renovation started in 2015 to turn the horse stables into a wine production center and tasting room. Painter Creek Winery is now in its first successful year of business, with over six wines and multiple specialty ciders. With enough room to accommodate events, Painter Creek Winery is a great place to host an event. If you can dream it up, the Painter Creek Winery team has the tools to help make your event truly unique.


6480 County Rd 26, Minnetrista, Minn. 55364
(952) 472-6480