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

  • Forestedge Winery

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

  • Two Fools Vineyard

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

  • Fieldstone Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • White Rabbit Vineyard & Winery

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

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  • Cannon River Winery White Blend West 7th White NV

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    A refreshing semi-dry white wine with tropical fruit, citrus and pear flavors. ... ... Comprised of Chardonnay, Minnesota LaCrescent, and Alpen Glow grape Read More

    Wine review by r sprezzatura


  • Cannon River Winery Red Blend Gogo Red NV

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    A beautiful dark red color. This is an expressive sweet wine with lots of fruit- raspberry, blackberry, strawberry. It's soft on the palate; very easy to drink if you like semi-sweet wines. 100% Estate grown using Sabrevois, Frontenac, Marquette, & Foch grapes. The winery suggests it is a perfect ingredient for Sangria. I wouldn't disagree. Name... Read More

    Wine review by r sprezzatura


  • Slippery Slope Ice Wine 2007

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    A delicious luxury borne of patience and snow-covered hillsides. Best ... ... Climate Wine Competition (Minnesot Read More

    Wine review by ktpesq


  • Winehaven Winery & Vineyard Deer Garden Blush NV

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    This crisp, medium-dry wine contains an extensive array of floral aromas and fruity flavors from start to finish. Pairs well with pork and poultry dishes. Silver Medal Winner - 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (New York) Read More

    Wine review by ktpesq


  • Winehaven Chardonnay Lakeside 2009

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    A pale, golden Chardonnay with profound depth and complexity. The bold aroma of Chardonnay fruit is accompanied by hints of oak, butter and vanilla. A superb complement to fish and poultry. Read More

    Wine review by ktpesq


  • Winehaven Gewürztraminer 2009

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    Floral aromas blend with pear and pineapple tones to create a pleasant mix of citrus and spice at the finish. Excellent with Asian cuisine! Read More

    Wine review by ktpesq


  • Winehaven Lacrescent 2009

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    Made from the winter-hardy La Crescent grape, this wine delivers delightful ... Climate Wine Competition (Minnesot Read More

    Wine review by ktpesq


  • Winehaven Sangria

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    Fresh Minnesota grown strawberries and rhubarb unite to create a wine with the perfect combination of sweetness and tartness. Like summer in a bottle! Gold Medal Winner 2009 Int'l Cold Climate Wine Competition Read More

    Wine review by ktpesq


  • Winehaven Merlot 2008

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    This full bodied wine features toasted oak flavors woven together by nuances of black cherry and berry. The long, satisfying finish makes this wine the perfect complement to beef or pasta dishes. Silver Medal Winner - 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (New York) Read More

    Wine review by ktpesq


  • Winehaven Riesling 2007

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    This medium-dry wine contains abundant peach, pear and floral notes that remain distinct through the soft finish. The perfect complement to fresh fish and poultry. Silver Medal Winner - 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (New York) Read More

    Wine review by ktpesq


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