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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  • Marechal Foch

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Minnesota View all

  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard

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

  • Two Fools Vineyard

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

  • Falconer Vineyards

    Falconer Vineyards began as a vineyard on our property in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1999 and opened ...

  • Forestedge Winery

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

  • Parley Lake Winery

    Parley Lake Winery opened on Labor Day weekend, 2009. In 8 short weeks they sold out of all their...

  • Cannon River Winery

    Located in the heart of historic downtown Cannon Falls, our award-winning wine is handcrafted on-...

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  • Watched the Packer game vs. Minnesota.  After Aaron Rogers went down the game turned ugly and the Pack lost.  Consumed this with crackers and cheese and mini-sausages:The 2010 Prisoner Zin Blend.  The first bottle with the new owners - and it didn't let me down.145 Read More

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  • EM - I'm fine with your wine selection too, especially if you are serving ... 450 mile drive from Fairmont Minnesota.  Upon freshening up, we walked around Millennium Park.  Sandra wanted to see the 'bean' and it is pretty cool.  The best part, as you might have guessed, was dining at a Chicago steak house.  We had a wonderful 55-day dry aged ... Read More

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  • Prestige Wine Group Hoshi Plum


    This is a great wine with dessert or alone. Affordable and most truly enjoy it. A great addition to any gathering. Read More

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  • That's great that you organize these events and especially that they're ... ... here would ever go to Minnesota for the event, but now at least we know there ARE events there.  Just like it's unlikely you will come to British Columbia for a wine event.  However, if you ever do come to Victoria, I'd be happy to share a nice bottle of wine with ... Read More

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  • Dennis & Ellen, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  I'm sure that all ... not many people who think of Minnesota when we discuss wine regions.  So, reports on Minnesota wineries is of, at least, intellectual interest.  In the past, here on the Snooth Forum, I have been intrigued to learn about wineries in, for example, Missouri, North Carolina and V... Read More

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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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    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

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  • 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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