Normal is not the time we are currently living in, so until we can get back to it, there are many restrictions that must be followed in order for Buffalo Rock Winery to be open to the public. Please read these policies and procedure prior to making a reservations or stopping by.
Reservations are required to drink wine or eat food on the premises. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, no inside access allowed. Capacity is limited and 6' socially distancing between other parties and staff is required.
Want to stop out last minute during regular hours? No problem, just give a quick call to the winery to check on availability or if no one is waiting at the counter, you may walk-up! If it looks like there are people waiting to be seated, please wait in your vehicle until space opens up.
Due to the repetitive, interactive nature and proximity between guests and staff, Wine Tastings will not be offered at this time. Wine is currently available by the flight or by the glass on site. Bottle sales to go are also available (no reservation required for bottle sales to go).
BRW is only accepting reservations a few weeks at a time in case policies and state guidelines change and to gauge interest and demand for adjusting hours. Always check back closer to the date you are interested in being a guest in case anything has changed or updated.
Online reservations are available for up to 2 guests per reservation, group maximum is four guests, regardless of age. A group of 5-6 guests is only allowed if you are all from one household and you will need to call BRW directly to make sure your group can be accommodated. Maximum occupancy is currently restricted to 50 guests outdoors, but due to limited staffing, Buffalo Rock Winery reserves the right to reduce the number of guests at one time to as few as can best be accommodated. Guests buying wine or other merchandise for take out do not count toward the seated guest count and do not require a reservation.
Reservations are not limited to a set time period, except by business closure time or in the event of rain. Due to limited covered, outdoor space, guests will be asked to limit their stay's duration to 60 minutes in the event of rain or if there are more than 30 guests on site at any given time. Buffalo Rock Winery owner and staff reserve the right to ask anyone to leave who is obnoxious (drunk, belligerent or otherwise), and authorities will be called upon if necessary. Last call is 30 minutes prior to closing time. Last reservation is 60 minutes prior to closing time.
Need a light snack? Sausage ($6), cheese ($3), crackers ($1, $1.50/GF) and chocolates ($0.50) are available for purchase (disposable serviceware will be used). Limited pop, sports drinks and water options are also available, each for only $1. Absolutely no outside food or beverages allowed.
During warm-weather months, wine is only served outdoors. No inside access allowed even if it rains. The outdoor counter is covered and awnings and umbrellas will be utilized if possible. High winds or rain will not allow for umbrellas or awnings to be used.
(Updated: 7/23/2020 due to new MN Executive Order.)
All activities are currently outside only. As an outdoor recreation and retail establishment, masks are not required by guests unless within 6' of staff or other guests. Staff will wear a mask when serving and within 6' of guests or other staff, per the Executive Order on mask mandates.
Guests must comply with the CDC's recommended 6' social distancing from other parties. Signage will assist guests at the Outdoor Counter and tables are spaced accordingly, Guests are NOT allowed to move tables or chairs around. Guests are not allowed to bring their own chairs or lawn furniture. Blankets are the only exception if you wish to sit on the grass in an assigned area. Guests are also required to maintain 6' distancing when in line. No more than two guests may stand next to each other at the counter.
Pets are never allowed at Buffalo Rock Winery. The chickens and cat who reside on site and neighboring dogs appreciate your cooperation. Service animals are always welcome.
During this time of mandated restrictions and social distancing, please refrain from bringing guests under the age of 21 unless they can sit with your group at all times, for the duration of your visit.
A porta-pot will be available for guest use. When possible, please make use of the porta-pot upon arrival or departure to help minimize movement to and from seated areas and to help maximize social distancing.
Any guest requiring an ADA restroom will be permitted to utilize the indoor facilities upon request.
Please check-in at the designed area of the Outdoor Counter to be seated. Wine lists will be available at the counter or at your table. Please place orders, pay and pickup orders at the outdoor tasting counter.
Cash is accepted, and preferred, due to the high cost of processing credit cards.
Credit cards (VISA, MasterCard & Discover) are also accepted. A minimum of $10 applies for CC transactions.