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Wisconsin wineriesLike many Northern Midwest states, Wisconsin can trace its wine history back to the early 1800's, when German immigrants settled the territory and brought their winemaking traditions with them.

The harsher Wisconsin winters were a challenge for many, but those who persevered began producing classic Rieslings, as well as wines made from hardy, native stock such as the Marechal Foch grape, now one of the most popular wine grape varieties grown in the Midwest.

Today, the state boasts several winemaking regions with wine trails and travel itineraries through the Northwoods wine region, the Driftless Region, the Fox River Valley wine trail, and Door county wine country.

Marechal Foch Grapes, Nova Scotia

The cold-weather-hardy Marechal Foch grape is a favorite among Wisconsin wine growers.

The first modern winery in Wisconsin, the von Stiehl Winery in Algoma, opened in 1967. Today over 110 wineries dot the Wisconsin landscape, with most making wines from other fruits in addition to grapes, along with prize-winning hard apple ciders.

By 2011, the first professional wine competition in Wisconsin was held at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Around the Web, learn more about Wisconsin winemaking, tours, tastings and events :

More information about Wisconsin wineries around the Web:

Wisconsin Winery Association
- Check out a complete directory of Wisconsin wineries throughout the state, related tasting tips, and membership info.

Wisconsin Wineries - The quick view, in a directory list of major Wisconsin wineries, including locations and contact details, map.

Wisconsin Breweries, Wineries and Vineyards - A guide to the state's widely varied culinary attractions with descriptions and details, locations and contact information.

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