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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Red Oak Vineyard

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

  • Botham Vineyards

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

  • Orchard Country Winery

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

  • Trout Springs Winery

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

  • Autumn Harvest Winery

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

  • Kerrigan Brothers Winery

    There are four basic ingredients to wine: Fruit Water Sugar Yeast All these ingredients except th...

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  • 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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  • DMCKER - i Haven't said, so...I live in Northern Wisconsin, Park Falls to be exact.  Small town surrounded by lakes, rivers, hunting and fishing.  My wife and I gutted our house, re arranged it and finished raising our 2 children.No one drank good, or what I call good, wines - mostly off the shelf super market wines - so I decided that if I want... Read More

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  • Wollersheim Winery Prairie Fumé 2013


    I've been drinking this wine for nearly two decades now and have as yet to not be satisfied. Wonderful orchard florals with whisps of apple, spice and cardamom on the nose leading to a fruit drive body finishing with great minerality and acidity. Refreshing and mouthwatering. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • DMCKER is absolutely right.  Figure out your needs first - then your ... ... ...  I live in northern Wisconsin and have had a basement storage (wine cellar) AND a smaller wine frig for long term storage for special wines.  Think it out first, some of of best, quiet, retrospective happen in my cellar just cleaning and rotating bottles.  Good Lu Read More

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  • Door Peninsula Winery Merlot Unoaked NV


    Fruity with a little tannin. Very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan

  • Door Peninsula Winery Cranbernet NV


    Tart fresh cranberry sauce taste with a bit of tannin. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan

  • Redagic - welcome. It's a bit late on page 3 but WTH.. I would prefer a Cab ... ... from the lake shore in Wisconsin to the hills in Arizona. That's what happened to Malbec from Bordeaux and Cahors when it came to Mendoza. Mendoza is high desert. Lots of intense sun and no humidity, so no rot and mildew. It ripens completely differently in the... Read More

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  • Door Peninsula Blackberry NV


    Very sweet and fruity. Like blackberry jam. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan

  • Fawn Creek Winery Black Magic NV


    Sweet and fruity. Cherries, a little Kool Aid. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan

  • Fawn Creek Winery Pinot Noir NV


    Fruity and tart. Cranberry, vanilla, a little alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan

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