What makes wines from Wisconsin unique?
Well-drained, sandy loam soil, full sun, and moisture conditions in this “Gathering of Waters” allow some of the 37 vintners to grow their own grapes, like native Saint Pepin or the blue-black Marchal Foch. Joining a limited worldwide club, several wineries harvest winter-hearty grapes to produce ice wine.
WI Grape Growers Association and WI Winery Association promote wines in the state that was the first home of Hungarian Agoston Haraszthy, Father of the CA Wine Industry. Wines are grown statewide and celebrated January in Bayview, August in Milwaukee, September in Cedarburg, and October in Kohler. Patrons can sample state wines at WI State Fair’s Wine Garden Festival held August in West Allis. WI wine sales outpaced that of all other alcoholic beverages between 2001 and 2006.
Top producer of cranberries, tart cherries, apples, and honey, WI has fresh ingredients on hand to enhance its wines. Sweet wines here include pumpkin, rhubarb, and raspberry varieties.
Nationally top cheese producer, WI makes 500 varieties and two billion pounds of cheese annually. A natural stage for wine/cheese pairings, WI can facilitate matching your Sauvignon Blanc with Aged Brick, Chardonnay with Brie, Pinot Gris with Gouda, Merlot and Gruyere, and fruity reds with blue. Burlington’s Memorial Day Chocolate Fest attracts 35,000 annually and benefits 65 charities. Their Chocolate Indulgence event pairs wines and chocolates.
From locally grown fruit and honey wines to traditional varietals sourced from the some of the best grape growing regions in the country, vinted and bottled right in our own backyard. Discover how WI wines please your palate.