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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • St. Croix

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Wisconsin View all

  • Autumn Harvest Winery

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

  • Orchard Country Winery

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

  • Vetro Winery

    Our “Family Tradition” began in Sicily over 100 years ago…. Grandpa Michael Vetrano had a passio...

  • Botham Vineyards

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

  • Mason Creek Winery

    Making wine in small lots allows us to ensure our handcrafted high quality wines right down to th...

  • Trout Springs Winery

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

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  • Tonight's (Sat) was to introduce a new member to various wines and ... ... touch off dry.  Made in Wisconsin as is the wine below:As you can seed the grapes were sourced from Mendocino County - Badass Mike's Vineyard - more this wine later.  Next was this:This really is nuanced and loaded with layers of spice, herbal notes, cola, with good min... Read More

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  • Same here from frigid Wisconsin to all - Happy New Year! Read More

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  • If you were a provider of a service that the government says you have to have ... chances of us ever visiting Wisconsin are pretty remote.  However, if you ever get to Southern California--and there are any number of reasons why you might do so--please try to get together with us here in Diamond Bar.  You can be assured that we will go deep in... Read More

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  • With shipping to Wisconsin being such a mess, I found a place that ship without restriction.Good job, Paul.    ;-)Al, you might check your local Total Wine store.  The one by me carries A to Z.Well, Under the WIre and Bedrock popped up, today Under the Wire 2013 Bedrock Vineyard Sparkling Zinfandel X 1Under the WIre 2013 Brosseau Vineyard Sparkl... Read More

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  • With shipping to Wisconsin being such a mess, I found a place that ship's without restriction.  This arrived today: Read More

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  • Nice photo, Rob. Where, who's the crew, and whose Audi?Paul, I guess we ... as surprised to see them in Wisconsin. My sister was holding her phone with one hand while having real trouble restraining my brother's husky with the other. Would've been one or two less of them if he'd slipped the leash. Don't expect they'll last long on the street i... Read More

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  • Wisconsin is returning to the dark ages of wine shipping.  I used to order winery direct and still do on a very limited basis.  I discontinued the practice because their shipping rates skyrocketed. There are some that charge nearly $30 for a single bottle.  It is outrageous I think, but if it turns out that they are the only game in town then th... Read More

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  • Until this little fiasco Wisconsin had all 6 of those aspects.  Now, it appears a mid-step has been has been added to the retailer to consumer line.97 Read More

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  • EMARK - That's the one itwm that confuses me also, although there are few ... ... to ship wine in bulk to Wisconsin and other states.  It will take longer and the shipping costs will be a little higher than FEDEX ground.  Orders can only be done over the phone.  Winter up here will be hard.  With no air carrier all orders will remain in Ca. u... Read More

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  • Well that blows. Letter to your Congressperson?  ;-(Partner-in-crime ... to the further reaches of Wisconsin as well? Maybe this is even an entrepreneurial opportunity? ;-)Road trip Read More

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