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Montana WineriesGrowing grapes in colder climes means facing the harsh reality that only a limited variety will flourish.

Montana wineries have taken up the challenge by finding grape vines that will withstand both a short growing season that starts in May and ends in early October... and a cold winter that occasionally drops to -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Surprisingly, it is the traditional grape varieties such as pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay and gewurztraminer that often fit the bill given careful and tender treatment.

Cherries, huckleberries, other native fruits and honey are also coming into their own as prime sources for winemaking in Montana's six commercial wineries

Learn more about wines being made out West, and the new pioneers taming the cold in Montana...

More information about Montana wineries around the Web:

Montana Wineries & Vineyards - Nice overviews plus locations and hours of operation, with related travel information from the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Montana Wineries - Feature story with an overview of three of the earliest established wineries in Montana with contact information and tasting room hours.

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