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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • St. Croix Vineyards

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

  • Goose Lake Farm & Winery

    Goose Lake Farm and Winery was established in 2004. We are proud to be Anoka County's first winer...

  • Parley Lake Winery

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

  • Forestedge Winery

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

  • Fieldstone Vineyards

    We will still continue to make all of our wines from 100% Minnesota grown grapes and fruit.

  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard

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

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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

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  • 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

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  • Medlock Ames Alexander Valley Merlot 2006

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

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

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    nice........ Read More

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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


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