Minnesota-based winery and event venue, Cannon River Winery, has announced its acquisition by entrepreneur, Ron Stowell; co-founders, John and Maureen Maloney will be minority owners of the company.

“Cannon River Winery represents the best part of a growing preference among Minnesotans for high quality, homegrown products,” says Stowell, now the president and CEO “By increasing production, distribution and brand recognition, we plan to take John and Maureen’s original vision to the next level.”

Stowell intends to add 20,000 square feet to the corporate headquarters and add 11,000 vines to double production in the next three years at the Cannon-Falls-based winery. He also wants to increase distribution to restaurants, rebranding and focus on communications.

“Cannon River Winery is an anchor of the business community within Cannon Falls and the surrounding area,” says Mike Wheelock, a representative of Sunbelt Business Advisors, a Twin Cities-based business brokerage that assisted Cannon River Winery with its recent transition of ownership. We’re excited to see the company expand and grow its influence even further within the local economy and the wine and events industries overall.”

The winery is known both for its award-winning wines and its incredible event space that has hosted weddings, meetings and more. They have a renovated vintage warehouse that can host up to 250 guests; the space features a grand hall, catering kitchen and, of course, a wine bar. They host 50 weddings annually on top of countless meetings and entertainment events.

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New England often gets the most credit for its spectacular fall color, but many rank Minnesota in the top tier for seasonal beauty, making fall an ideal time for meetings anywhere in the state. From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the Twin Cities and Rochester, there are a variety of venues with ideal seasonal settings that can cater to groups of all sizes. 

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Experience Rochester MN appointed Angie Richards to the position of vice president of sales. She previously held the position of area director of sales for Avra Hospitality in Rochester, Minn. 

Richards will lead Experience Rochester MN’s sales team, which is responsible for the booking of meetings, conventions, and other events at Mayo Civic Center as well as group sales for the entire city.

 

Radisson Blu Mall of America promoted Kate Anastasi to director of sales and marketing. Anastasi has been with the Radisson Blu Mall of America team for eight years and has held many support and leadership roles within the sales team. She had most recently served as the assistant director of sales and marketing. Anastasi won the 2021 Radisson Blu Manager of the Year award.