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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 »

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...

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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

  • Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Mason Creek Winery

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

  • Red Oak Vineyard

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

  • Orchard Country Winery

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

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  • Cedar Creek Winery la Belle Vie 2012

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    Sweet tart. Fruity - tropical fruit and lemon or orange. Faint alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • Cedar Creek Winery Christmas Blush NV

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    Moderately sweet. Tropical fruit, pineapple with a hint of tart citrus. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • Gwen, I agree that the BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is a good wine--and ... ... with a fellow from Wisconsin.Forty below is outrageous.  A few years ago, in my working days, I enjoyed a company-sponsored January trip to the bustling metropolis of Fergus Falls, MN.  Some really great people live in Fergus Falls, but that was too darned col... Read More

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  • Welcome to the Forum DD.  It 's interesting that we seem to be getting ... ... from Minnesota and Wisconsin, lately.  That is so fantastic.  It is also fantastic that you are such a fan of Australian wines.  We have a few semi-regulars who report on that area, but your insights are very welcome.Regarding the frozen Bordeaux, which is unlikely ... Read More

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  • Hello Snooth-Sayers!Currently I try to survive the intense cold of Minnesota and nearby Wisconsin, commuting from my farm to my urban home as the situation dictates.  Wine cellars in both places with collections going back 20+ years.  Now in retirement I live part time in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef coast.  Too hot there now.My enthusias... Read More

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  • Wollersheim Winery Dry Riesling 2013

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    Tart and appley. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • OK, here is more.  I guess I did not compose my bathroom comments very ... heard of the town of Kohler, Wisconsin?  It is a small community near Sheboygan.  Second (non-geographic) question:  Does the name "Kohler" ring any kind of bell at all?  Maybe if anybody studied U.S. labor history (a pretty vicious strike in the 1950s), or if they happ... Read More

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  • Anyone else interested in how Emark knows about the women's bathrooms at ... ... local?  (You know, Wisconsin Dairyland, we all know the license plate.)  I guess we should celebrate a WI restaurant having a high end wine list. Rweinhold (you've got German wine in your name!), you should follow Emark's advice and get in there and sampl Read More

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  • EMak is correct. I'm in SE Wisconsin in the village of Kohler. Considering I usually only see the invoices and computerized inventory, I deal with the "idea" of many wines rather than the wines themselves. For what it's worth, here is a link to the wine list of the Immigrant Restaurant, one of a handful of American Club facilities.Immigrant Rest... Read More

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  • As a Snooth player I'm glad to see that you are finding this site ... ... works, is near Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  That would be in the northern part of the U.S. area described as the "Midwest."  Sheboygan is roughly between the major Wisconsin cities of Milwaukee and Green Bay.  As I said I was traveling there for business.  Since I am now retir... Read More

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