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Wisconsin Wine

Wisconsin is a midwestern state of the US located on the western edge of Lake Michigan. While winemaking here dates back as far as the mid-19th Century, the wine industry in Wisconsin is small, focusing mainly on the cold-hardy hybrid varieties specifically bred for the colder climes of the northern half of North America. Valiant, Edelweiss, La Crosse and Frontenac are some of the most-planted grapes in Wisconsin vineyards.

The flag of Wisconsin

Wisconsin covers 65,000 square miles (170,000 sq km), stretching between latitudes 42°N and 47°N. This puts it on par with many of the most famous wine-producing regions of France, but other climatic considerations come into play in Wisconsin's challenging terroir, making viticulture here much less commercially viable. The state's continental climate is prone to extremes, making the majority of its mesoclimates unsuitable for quality viticulture. Icy winters threaten the survival of most vines, with the notable exception of some Vitis riparia varieties.

Wisconsin's best vineyard sites can be found in areas where there is a large body of water to provide warmth in winter and cooling influences in the hot summers. The two sub-AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) located entirely within Wisconsin, Lake Wisconsin and Wisconsin Ledge, are both located near lakes and as a result have longer growing seasons than the more-inland parts of the state.

The first vines were planted in the state's Lake Wisconsin AVA (part of the multi-state Upper Mississippi Valley AVA) in the 1840s by Agoston Haraszthy, a Hungarian immigrant who subsequently became a pioneering wine grower in California. Wisconsin's challenging climate meant that commercial viticulture was sporadic until the development of cold-hardy grapevines at the University of Minnesota opened up possibilities for Wisconsin growers. Lake Wisconsin was the state's first sub-AVA to be approved, in 1994, followed by the Upper Mississippi Valley AVA in 2009 and the Wisconsin Ledge AVA in 2012.

Along with wines made from hybrid grape varieties, Wisconsin wines are sometimes made from fruits such as blueberries, blackberries and cherries. Many Wisconsin producers also import grapes from as far afield as California, Oregon and New York to make their wines.

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Here are some wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
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Von Stiehl Winery Naughty Girl, Wisconsin, USA N/A $15 21474
J. Leinenkugel Brewing Company Summer Shandy Beer, Wisconsin, USA Beer $13 43951
Death's Door Gin, Wisconsin, USA Gin $40 45938
J. Leinenkugel Brewing Company Berry Weiss Beer, Wisconsin, USA Beer $15 57402
Minhas Brewery Boxer Lager Beer, Wisconsin, USA Beer $1 58894
Door Peninsula Winery Blackberry Merlot, Wisconsin, USA Merlot $10 60556
Death's Door White Whisky, Wisconsin, USA Whisky - Blended $35 61804
Wollersheim Winery Dry Riesling, Wisconsin, USA Riesling $8 63022
Door Peninsula Winery Hallowine Sweet Apple Wine, Wisconsin, USA Cider $10 70575
Death's Door Vodka, Wisconsin, USA Vodka $30 77994
J. Leinenkugel Brewing Company Original Beer, Wisconsin, USA Beer $11 77994
Door Peninsula Winery Mulled Christmas Wine, Wisconsin, USA N/A $10 84841
Great Lakes Distillery Kinnickinnic Whiskey, Wisconsin, USA Whiskey - Bourbon $42 90267
Wollersheim Winery Prairie Blush White Marechal Foch, Wisconsin, USA Marechal Foch $8 93247
Great Lakes Distillery Roaring Dan's Maple Flavored Rum, Wisconsin, USA Rum $36 101153
Door Peninsula Winery Sweet Cherry Wine, Wisconsin, USA N/A $11 103728
Lakefront Brewery New Grist Gluten Free Beer, Wisconsin, USA N/A $16 110773
Minhas Brewery Huber Bock Beer, Wisconsin, USA Beer $5 110773
Wollersheim Winery Domaine du Sac, Lake Wisconsin, USA N/A $15 110773
Yahara Bay Distillers V Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey, Wisconsin, USA Whiskey - Bourbon $38 119005
Wollersheim Winery Prairie Sunburst Red, Wisconsin, USA Marechal Foch $10 120819
Wollersheim Winery Ice Wine, Lake Wisconsin, USA Saint-Pepin $48 124672
J. Leinenkugel Brewing Company Honey Weiss Beer, Wisconsin, USA Beer $11 131016
Door Peninsula Winery Blackberry Wine, Wisconsin, USA N/A $10 133256
Door Peninsula Winery Razzle Dazzle Raspberry Wine, Wisconsin, USA N/A $10 133256
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