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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  • 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

  • Sacre Bleu

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

  • Fieldstone Vineyards

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

  • White Rabbit Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Carlos Creek Winery

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

  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard

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

  • Forestedge Winery

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

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  • Farmer's Organic Gin

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Wine review by courgette


  • 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

    Wine review by llwade65


  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by epie68


  • Kinky Blue Liqueur NV

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    Wine review by Pink Warrior


  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard Seyval Blanc Alexis Bailly 2009

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    Good wine made by good people Read More

    Wine review by wckempe


  • Saint Croix Vineyards Rose NV

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    Tasted of wet dog and hay. Earthy but with a nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by Leah Mansback


  • In recent years there has been a proliferation of wineries in the upper ... ... ... states such as Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. They seem to be making a lot of wine from grapes that are unfamiliar to most of us, such as Edelweiss, Frontenac and Marechal Foch. Apparently these are grapes that are hybrids. The wineries seem... Read More

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  • Morgan Creek Zeitgeist Morgan Creek Vineyards Minnesota Sweet White Dessert Wine Red

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    This is very similar to a Riesling Spatlese. It has medium sweetness with ... ... out. A very good wine from Minnesota. It exceeded all expectatio Read More

    Wine review by Alexr79


  • Northern Vineyards St. Croix 2007

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    Wine review by MrMach


  • Farmer's Organic Gin

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    This Gin is incredible! Martini, or Gin & Tonic, even straight! Read More

    Wine review by saviles


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