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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Minnesota View all

  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard

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

  • Goose Lake Farm & Winery

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

  • Fieldstone Vineyards

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

  • Cannon River Winery

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

  • St. Croix Vineyards

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

  • Two Fools Vineyard

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

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