Glenmassan Vineyards is located on the original farm that was settled on May 11, 1856 by Thomas Blair, a Pioneer from Argyllshire, Scotland. He was the first settler to stake his claim in Delavan Township, two full years before Minnesota entered the Union and became a state.
Part of the story of this historic farm was featured by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture during the May 18th, 2008 Minnesota Sesquicentennial Opening Ceremony activities at the Minnesota State Capital in Saint Paul. Fewer than 100 of these distinguished family farms in the State of Minnesota share the same honor as the Blair Farm and its 154 years of remarkable family farming heritage.
Thomas Blair and family at home in 1906.
The vineyard is one part of this historic working farm that has remained in the same family for over 154 years. The ancestral Blair home, a stately brick brick farmhouse, was completely restored in 2004 and remains the private residence of the fourth generation to live and work on the Blair Homestead.
Glenmassan Vineyards was so named in honor of the pioneering spirit of Thomas Blair and his ancestral home in the spectacularly scenic Glen Massan region of Scotland.