Wineries of Wisconsin and Minnesota

Wineries of Wisconsin and Minnesota

by Patricia Monaghan


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Wine. The word calls to mind vineyards descending stark Spanish hills, vats lining Tuscan villages, fashionable singles crowding California tasting rooms. But anyone who hikes or bikes back roads in the Upper Midwest sees grapevines twining over fence posts and twisting up trees. Smooth, delicious wines are made from those grapes, and from the wild berries and cultivated fruits grown in the region.

Wineries of Wisconsin and Minnesota is a user-friendly guide to fifty-five wineries, ranging from small family-farm operations to the largest, best-known wine producers. The book's centerpiece is a series of thirteen "wine trails" that paints a picture of each winery's setting and unique flavor and includes detailed information and maps for visiting the wineries. Author and wine expert Patricia Monaghan explores the colorful history of Wisconsin and Minnesota wines, including the geology and climate of the region; the history of Upper Midwest grape growing; the heritage of country wines; and the major wine regions in the area. Delightful sidebars feature tidbits of wine information, from recommended pairings of food and wine to unusual local wine lore.

Praise for Wineries of Wisconsin and Minnesota:

"The brave souls who plant new vineyards and start new wineries are making a valuable contribution to renewing the Minnesota and Wisconsin countryside—and so does Patricia Monaghan's beautifully written, carefully researched guide. This book will enrich the experience of anyone who makes it their companion in exploring the back roads of the Upper Midwest."—Jeremy Iggers, food journalist and award-winning author of Garden of Eating

"Wineries of Wisconsin and Minnesota invites you to savor a taste of the local landscape and celebrate the rural essence of these unique regional wines. As a practical guide it offers tips on how and where to enjoy northern wines; as a historical reference it explains the geological, botanical, and cultural challenges dedicated, local artisan producers faced when establishing their vineyards."—Susan Streich-Boldt, Slow Food Madison

"As a longtime supporter and promoter of our local farmers, I can say with great relief that it is about time someone got around to taking notice of the burgeoning wine industry of the Upper Midwest. Patricia Monaghan's book is an informative history, a grand overview, and an in-depth visitor's guide, all in one." —Lenny Russo, Chef/Proprietor, Heartland Contemporary Midwestern Restaurant & Wine Bar, St. Paul, Minnesota

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873516174
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Edition description: 1
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 788,050
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Northern Wines, Northern Vines     3
Territory and Terroir     7
Juice of the Vine     13
Birth of an Industry     19
Intemperate Times     25
Passion and Patience     37
A Chronology of Northern Wines     48
Getting Started: The Winery Experience     51
Great River North     54
Chateau St. Croix     57
Northern Vineyards     58
St. Croix Vineyards     60
Winehaven     61
Great River South     63
Alexis Bailly Vineyard     66
Cannon River Winery     68
Falconer Vineyards     70
Garvin Heights Vineyards     72
Salem Glen Winery     73
Scenic Valley Winery     75
Central Minnesota     78
Carlos Creek Winery     81
Crofut Winery     82
Goose Lake Farm and Winery     84
Fieldstone Vineyards     86
Morgan Creek Vineyards     88
Olde Country Winery     90
The Driftless Area     93
Botham Vineyards     96
New Glarus PrimroseWinery     98
Spurgeon Winery     100
Vernon Vineyards     102
Weggy Winery     104
Wollersheim Winery     106
Southeastern Wisconsin     109
Apple Barn Orchard and Winery     112
AeppelTreow Winery     113
Cedar Creek Winery     115
Mason Creek Winery     117
Vetro Winery     118
East Central Wisconsin     121
Captain's Walk Winery     124
Kerrigan Brothers Winery     125
LedgeStone Winery     127
Parallel 44 Winery     128
Trout Springs Winery     130
von Stiehl Winery     132
Door County     135
Orchard Country Winery     138
Door Peninsula Winery     139
Red Oak Winery     141
Simon Creek Winery     143
Stone's Throw Winery     145
Central Wisconsin     147
Autumn Harvest Winery     150
Burr Oak Winery     152
Lil'Ole Winemaker Shoppe     154
Munson Bridge Winery     156
Tenba Ridge Winery     157
Up North     160
Up North Minnesota      164
Minnestalgia Winery     164
Forestedge Winery     166
Two Fools Vineyard     167
Up North Wisconsin     170
Bayfield Winery     171
Brigadoon Winery     173
HookStone Winery     175
Three Lakes Winery     176
White Winter Winery     177
Woodland Trail Winery     179
Bibliography     183
Pronunciation Guide     185
Index     187
Tasting Notes     194

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Great introduction to several of the wineries in the Midwest.