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

  • Falconer Vineyards

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

  • Forestedge Winery

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

  • Winehaven Winery

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

  • Fieldstone Vineyards

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

  • Parley Lake Winery

    Parley Lake Winery opened on Labor Day weekend, 2009. In 8 short weeks they sold out of all their...

  • St. Croix Vineyards

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

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  • Cannon River Winery Red Blend Gunflint Red NV

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    Slightly sweet wine. Cherry cough drop flavor. Read More

    Wine review by r sprezzatura


  • Hello Snooth,I am from Italy living in Minnesota since 2001, love wine and I am learning.I like to entertain with wine tasting and wine dinner.I would like to ask what you think of pairing Port with a Portugal chocolate cake?Thanks! Read More

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  • Cannon River Winery St. Pepin 2009

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    This is a tasty summer sipper with an 11% alcohol level. The wine is off-dry with a light body and a creamy mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by r sprezzatura


  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard Seyval Blanc Alexis Bailly 2008

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    A very nice dry white wine with an alcohol level of 11%. Well-balanced with flavors and aromas of citrus fruit and a crisp finish. Read More

    Wine review by r sprezzatura


  • Carlos Creek Winery Red Blend Minnesota Nice Hot Dish Red NV

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    I think this is the best red wine I have tasted in a long time. the color is excellent, the wine is very full bodied with alot of flavor. Where can i buy it???? Read More

    Wine review by lizard1937


  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard Red Blend Voyageur Alexis Bailly 2006

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    This wine is a Frontenac blend - Frontenac being a red grape developed by the U ... by the U of M to withstand Minnesota's harsh weather. It has a touch of sweetness, is very full-bodied, and pretty mellow. Most Minnesota wines *are* horrible, but Alexis Bailly is reliable for quality wine, and IMO Voyageur is their bes Read More

    Wine review by jackypants


  • Winehaven White Blend Ice Wine NV

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    Nectar of the gods! Read More

    Wine review by ktpesq


  • 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


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