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

  • Frontenac

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Winehaven Winery

    Founded as Chisago County's first estate winery in 1995, WineHaven has become a cornerstone of Mi...

  • Forestedge Winery

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

  • Olde Country Winery

    We have nearly everything you can think of in order to make your own beers and wines at home. We...

  • White Rabbit Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Two Fools Vineyard

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

  • St. Croix Vineyards

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

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  • Just sharing a little something I started with a few friends two years ... I ... ... I live in North Central Minnesota, almost right smack dab in the middle of the continent.  There's not a lot of options around here if you're into wines or especially collecting wines.  This year will be our third wine tour, or rather, wine buying tour.  Basi... Read More

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  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    Wine review by dawnmfj


  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    I'm not a big vodka drinker, but LOVE Kinky!! It's absolutely delightful!! I am sold;) Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    Love it straight! REALLY love it mixed with orange juice over crushed ice! My new favorite drink, and it's a good price! Yay! :) Read More

    Wine review by Shortcake11


  • Cannon River Winery White Blend Lorraine's White 2009

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    Wine review by JPietsch


  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    Found this in a sample size at my local Walgreen's Liqueur store, tried it & went back to get a bigger bottle. Love the smooth taste! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    I found KINKY Liquor on my shelf while browsing WalMArt. Thought I would give it a try. OMG. It is truly amazing. So light and crisp with a splash of 7-up. I willnever be without it in the liquor cabinet. Thank you for my little bit of paradise. Read More

    Wine review by mthd


  • Farmer's Organic Gin

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    Wine review by Amanda Schuster


  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    omg!!! i love this!!!! i pour it over ice,pinnapple juice and little splash of sprite!!! this is now my fav and i keep an extra bottle just in case friends stop by!! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    This is the best stuff! mix it with 7 up or just drink it straight. A fun Liquor that is smooth. I actually had it straight on ice.. It sure would be nice to be able to find it, as it is pretty scarce. It's competition "X" in the same bottle and the same color is a combo with grapefruit juice and is NO COMPARISON to KINKY!! Congrats Crosby... Read More

    Wine review by pphotog


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