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The state of Wisconsin is actually the original American home to the Hungarian born Father of the California Wine Industry, the legendary Agoston Haraszthy. Before leaving for California in the middle of the 19th century, Haraszthy was a key figure in the early settlements of Wisconsin and a very successful farmer and businessman here. Haraszthy did plant the first wine grapes in the state, but frustration with the difficult Midwest climate refocused him on making his fortune with hops and grains. Would that he could see the renewal of winegrowing interest in Wisconsin today. Today Wisconsin is home to about a dozen wineries, most making a combination of grape and fruit wines. Despite there being an official AVA (Lake Wisconsin AVA) in the state, only a few producers actually grow their own or make wine from locally grown grapes, most opting to bring in grapes from California, Washington, and New York States. Of the locally grown grapes, hybrids dominate with varieties like Seyval, Vidal, Marechal Foch Read more »

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  • St. Croix

    St. Croix grapes produce medium to full bodied, dry, deep red wines with low tannins, good fruity aromas, and have cu...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Wisconsin View all

  • Woodland Trail Winery

    Woodland Trail Winery of Lakewood, Wisconsin produces over 50 different wines, including grape wi...

  • Orchard Country Winery

    Residing above the bluffs of Fish Creek, the Lautenbach family estate, known as Orchard Country c...

  • Von Stiehl Winery

    The road less traveled leads to the von Stiehl Winery in Algoma. Our overwhelmingly positive sta...

  • Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery

    Award winning wines from estate-grown grapes are a part of the wine experience that waits for you...

  • Stones Throw Winery

    It's what we do here at Stone's Throw Winery in Door County... combining our access to small lots...

  • Red Oak Vineyard

    Red Oak is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard started in 2002. Click here for more h...

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  • I won't be posting anything while I'm there as our US phones won't ... secret.  Now, all those Wisconsin fans are going to increase demand and cause prices to rise.  : Read More

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  • Door Peninsula Winery Blackberry Merlot NV


    Quite sweet and fruity. Blackberry jam with a splash of wine. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan

  • Nice Fox, we have over a case of 12 Smith Madrone between us.I grabbed a few ... other two. One New Glarus (Wisconsin) Serendipity fruit beer (4% abv), and another bottle of white Burgundy, a 2014 Meursault "Les Tillers" by Domai e Berthelemot. It was a nice Meursault, and about what you'd expect for the leve Read More

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  • I heard the 66' Faiveley was direct from Faiveley's cellar about 10 ... ... a drive through southern Wisconsin today. NY Thirsday, then home for Hallowee Read More

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  • So where was the Faiveley stored the last 10 years for its label to get like ... get like ... all turned in Wisconsin, I imagine. Maybe already snow further north? Love that area with the green in the summer.Regarding that 'slight' historical tangent, I had noted when the Coulee was planted, and started ruminating about how and why and in wha... Read More

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  • Had a couple of zins watching the game - tonight it's the Badgers vs. ... ... from the Badger state...On Wisconsin!!!From last night - An '07 Prisoner (When David Phinney was still making it.) and a 2012 Buehler Napa Valle Read More

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  • Some more dailies to plug holes.This may be arguably the best wine produced in Wisconsin.  Year after year it walks with metals.  This wine maker has a perfect understanding of the grape and proves year after year.BEST OF CLASSInternational Women’s Wine Competition 2016, Sonoma County, CANew World International Wine Competition 2016, Ontario, CA... Read More

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  • Sn2104153 - I take it this is a commercial venture and that you are bottling ... ... but then again I live in Wisconsin and probably would never have heard of them unless I ran across a post like this.I looked up all 3.  Do you have pics and data as to availability?  Any major wine tastings that I could look up also.  Thanks and welcome to snoot Read More

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  • Von Steihl Naughty Girl NV


    A real favorite with any tomato based food and the on,y wine I recommend to everyone no matter their tastes. Beginners like the slight sweetness which is a nice intro to reds, and more experienced wine drinkers like the complexity and ease of pairing. Easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by Bazil323

  • JONDERRY et al - Here's another winner that we keep here for fruit salads ... Wisconsin's best kept secret except for times it's at the LA International Wine Tasting.  Read More

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