Minnesota wine

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Wine region
Map of USA MN.svg
Official name State of Minnesota
Type U.S. state
Year established 1858
Country USA
Sub-regions Alexandria Lakes AVA
Total area 87,014 square miles (225,365 km2)
Grapes produced Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Concord, Delaware, Edelweiss, Frontenac, Frontenac gris, Geisenheim, Gewürztraminer, La Crescent, La Crosse, Leon Millot, Malbec, Marechal Foch, Riesling, Sabrevois, Seyval blanc, St. Croix, St. Pepin, Syrah, Vidal blanc, Vignoles, Zinfandel[1]

Minnesota wine refers to wine made from grapes grown in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Minnesota is a very cold climate for viticulture and many grape varieties require protection from the winter weather by being buried under soil for the season. Minnesota is home to extensive research on cold-hardy French hybrid and other grape varieties.

Influence of Elmer Swenson[edit]

Horticulturalist Elmer Swenson created commercially successful, cold-climate varieties in Minnesota including the Edelweiss and St. Croix grapes. Oenology programs at the University of Minnesota developed the Frontenac grape variety in 1995, and continue to research new hybrids and techniques for grape growing in the state.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Minnesota: Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 26, 2007.