Lake Wisconsin AVA

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Lake Wisconsin AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1994[1]
Country United States
Part of Wisconsin
Climate region Continental
Total area 28,000 acres (11,331 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 20 acres (8 ha)[3]
Grapes produced La Crosse, Léon Millot, Marechal Foch, St. Pepin[3]

The Lake Wisconsin AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in south central Wisconsin. The wine growing region borders both Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River. The first grapes were planted in the area by Agoston Haraszthy in 1847, before he migrated to California. Most vineyards in the area are planted at elevations between 800 feet (240 m) and 900 feet (270 m) above sea level. The area soils are gravel and sandy loam from glacial deposits. French hybrid grapes have had the most success in the Lake Wisconsin area, and the most important grape varietal grown in the area is Marechal Foch.[3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.146 Lake Wisconsin." Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Feb. 4, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State" Archived 2008-01-27 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Feb. 4, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Lake Wisconsin (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Feb. 4, 2008.