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 »

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...

  • 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...

  • Marechal Foch

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

  • 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

  • Carlos Creek Winery

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

  • White Rabbit Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Falconer Vineyards

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

  • Goose Lake Farm & Winery

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

  • Olde Country Winery

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

  • St. Croix Vineyards

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

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    Have not yet tried Kinky but I think the bottle is very pretty. Read More

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    It's really hard for me to find a drink that I really like, but this one is very good. I don't like a drink that tastes like liquor, and this one does't. It's very smooth and fruity. I hope this isn't for sale just for the Valentine's Holiday, because I would like to continue buying this. I have to say also, the bottle is soooo pretty just t... Read More

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    absolutley delicious. my new favorite drink Read More

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  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    Delicious and mixes well. Read More

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  • Farmer's Organic Gin

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    First, I must note that this gin is NOT from Scotland-- it hails from Minnesota, in the American heartland, which is why I bought a bottle (in the interests of keeping my carbon footprint small). I'm cringing my way through the bottle, regretting the purchase: horribly high proof, for one thing, and though I saw the 93 on the bottle, I was seduc... Read More

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  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    Very good taste. The mango juice in it doesn't overpower the passion fruit or the blood orange flavor. Read More

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