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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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Varietals Produced in Wisconsin View all

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Wisconsin View all

  • Botham Vineyards

    Nestled in the heart of Wisconsin’s Iowa County Uplands and surrounded by more than 900 acres of ...

  • Woodland Trail Winery

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

  • Autumn Harvest Winery

    Established in 2004 as the Chippewa Valley's first winery, Autumn Harvest Winery produces 12 wine...

  • Von Stiehl Winery

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

  • Trout Springs Winery

    As Brown County's first winery, they feature estate-made, award winning wines along with vintages...

  • Stones Throw Winery

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

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  • Door Peninsula Winery Chaos Red NV

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    Sweet and fruity. Grape and cherry; a little tannin. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • Anna - Welcome to snooth. Being from baja Canada, the state of Wisconsin, I can attest to cold fermentation...not that I do it, but we get our share of Alberta clippers barreling through.What business do you own and what type of  "wine business" is it?  Again - welcome. Read More

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  • We had our annual wine club Christmas party scheduled for Saturday night. ... ... ...  Life in northern Wisconsi Read More

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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

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    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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