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Karin and Aric Koenen tend to vines at the Hinterland Vineyard and Winery outside of Clara City. Tribune file photo

Clara City: Hinterland opens the prairie to new possibilities


Just over eight years ago, Karin and Ron Koenen and their sons decided to grow their traditional corn and soybean farm in a way entirely new to the Chippewa County prairie.

They planted cold-hardy grape hybrids developed by the University of Minnesota in a vineyard on their working farm just outside of Clara City. They built a modern winery to turn these grapes into quality wines, and an attractive tasting room where visitors can join to discover them.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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