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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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Minnesota View all

  • Cannon River Winery

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

  • White Rabbit Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Sacre Bleu

    The term sacre bleu has had many interpretations throughout the centuries. It has evolved from a ...

  • Kitchak Cellars

    Kitchak Cellars is a producer of unique and exceptional ultra high premium wines. This is a very...

  • Carlos Creek Winery

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

  • Winehaven Winery

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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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  • 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


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