Minnesota Wine

presents some of the greatest cold-climate challenges of any wine-producing state. Vines must often be laid down and buried in dirt to keep them alive through the winter. But despite the labor and economic hardship involved, the number of dedicated growers is surprisingly high, with over 400 members in the Minnesota Grape Growers’ Association. Though winter temperatures drop as low as -30 F, the climate has not deterred those like Elmer Swenson, the noted horticulturist and grape hybridizer. Through more than half a century of dedicated work, Swenson created commercially-successful, cold-climate varieties (e.g. Edelweiss and St. Croix). For two decades the University of Minnesota has furthered cultivar hybridizing and cold-climate viticultural research. The University's 1995 introduction of Frontenac, a hybrid red variety able to withstand the cold without burial, has spawned a whole new generation of optimists about Minnesota’s wine future. This state actively funds viticulture and oenology programs Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Minnesota View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Marechal Foch

    Marechal Foch (aka. Foch, Kuhlmann 188-2) is a vigorous, early-ripening variety, with good winter hardiness. It is we...

  • Frontenac

    Frontenac’s overall viticultural performance and excellent wine quality are directly responsible for its success in M...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Minnesota View all

  • Carlos Creek Winery

    Carlos Creek Winery was founded in 1997, and the doors to the winery were officially opened in J...

  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard

    Our founder, David Bailly, opened the winery's doors in 1978, with wines produced from 100% Minne...

  • St. Croix Vineyards

    Saint Croix Vineyards has grown to become one of Minnesota's largest and best known wineries, pro...

  • Forestedge Winery

    Wine makers Paul and Sharon Shuster and John Wildmo produce seven to eight thousand gallons of wi...

  • Two Fools Vineyard

    Two Fools Vineyard introduces a vineyard and winemaking to NW Minnesota where the summer sun is...

  • White Rabbit Vineyard & Winery

    The first oak barrel is now full of Minnesota red wine, and should be available in 6-8 months. C...

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  • I recently participated in a birthday dinner where 6 of us split 7 decanted ... ... bottles. I was just in Minnesota and found that the markup there was much less. I just think I'd resent spending that $100 on $20 Costco chard. There is only one fine dining restaurant here that has almost no markup over retail - that's Hillstone on Preston Ro... Read More

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  • Winehaven Cranberry NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by empentico


  • Welcome to the Forum DD.  It 's interesting that we seem to be getting ... a lot of participation from Minnesota and Wisconsin, lately.  That is so fantastic.  It is also fantastic that you are such a fan of Australian wines.  We have a few semi-regulars who report on that area, but your insights are very welcome.Regarding the frozen Bordeaux, ... Read More

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  • Hello Snooth-Sayers!Currently I try to survive the intense cold of Minnesota and nearby Wisconsin, commuting from my farm to my urban home as the situation dictates.  Wine cellars in both places with collections going back 20+ years.  Now in retirement I live part time in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef coast.  Too hot there now.My enthusias... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hello, Gwen.  We look forward to having some good conversations with you, ... ... in the chilly climes of Minnesota, latel Read More

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  • Hi,I know it is hard to find, and I did see that place in Minnesota, but they won't ship it to Philadelphia, PA.I want this particular wine because it has our family's last name, Cavalcante, on the label, and it makes great gifts during the holidays or anytime of the year!I can get it, but I have to have someone I know who owns a bar order it fo... Read More

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  • I found a shop offering it in Minnesota, of all places.  And it's super reasonable at $10, which means I'm going to look around some more.  But so far, none of the usual suspects turn up anything.  That includes Italian specialists like Italian Wine Merchants in NY and two places out here.   Searching wine-searcher got the MN store, but it's spe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! I'm Rose Mary...


  • my access to wine specialty shops is non existent.North Dakota must have some ... across the border over to Minnesota.  I did a quick Google search and there appear to be a number of nice wine shops in Minneapolis. Let's look at your local stores for a moment.  It sounds like you have been buying California wines (which I, of course, heartily ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Accidental Wine Entusiast


  • I am searching for information about the history of wines, vineyards, wineries, ... ... have been established in Minnesota and Wisconsi Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello I'm Shorz


  • Carlos Creek Winery Red Blend Minnesota Nice Hot Dish Red NV

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    Wine review by alanb1108


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