Like 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.
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.
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