The Midwest is known for many things: beer, cheese, lakes, the cold etc. Fine wine is not on that list, but several wineries from all over the Midwest are working to change that. These wineries are producing high-quality Midwestern wine from top-notch Midwestern ingredients. The next time you are looking for a glass of something refreshing, look to the following Midwestern favorites.
Chateau Grand Traverse | Traverse City, Mi
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Named in 2014 as one of the 101 best Wineries in the U.S. by the Daily Meal, Chateau Grand Traverse is situated on the Old Mission Peninsula North of Traverse City. Using European grape varietals, Chateau Grand Traverse has been at the forefront of the Michigan winery scene since its beginnings in 1974.
Harpersfield Wines | Geneva, OH
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Harpersfield Wines Prides itself on using only the best handpicked grapes to produce their wines. Growing Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Gruner Veltiner varietals of grapes all on their property allows them to produce an impressive array of wines. That coupled with their roaming winery mascot dogs Matilda and Tony makes Harpersfield Wines a must visit.
Stone Hill Winery | Hermann, MO
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Stone Hill Winery owns seven different vineyards, 182 acres in total two hours west of St Louis. These seven sprawling vineyards cultivate Norton, Vignoles, Vidal, Chardonel, Cayuga, Vincent, Chambourcin, Vivant, Concord, Catawba and Traminette varietals. Thus, their wines cover the whole spectrum of wines from red to white, sweet to dry. With its location along the Missouri River Stone Hill Winery has some spectacular views to take in while enjoying a glass of their delicious wine.
Carlos Creek Winery | Alexandria, MN
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Carlos Creek is considered by many to be the best Winery in Minnesota, and they take pride in their Minnesota roots. The quirky names of their wines like “Hot Dish Red,” “Woebegone White,” and “You Betcha Blush,” shouldn’t make you underestimate these wines — they’re seriously good with some not so serious names.
Ackerman Winery | Amana, IA
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Specializing in fruit wines this family run Iowa winery has created some creative and award-winning wines. Their Dandelion Blossom wine and their Rhubarb wines are both made with local, Iowa-grown produce and are the perfect wine to enjoy in the summer heat. With other flavors ranging from elderberry to mango, this winery is a one stop shop for your delicious fruit wine needs.
Oliver Winery | Bloomington, IN
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Oliver Winery is committed to cultivating rare grape varietals at their Creekbend vineyard such as Crimson Cabernet, hardy Catawba and Chambourcin, and hard to manage varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. These grape varietals allow Oliver Winery to produce the award winning fruit first wines that they are known for. Located an hour south of Indianapolis, this Winery is definitely worth a special trip.
Wollersheim Winery | Prarie Du Sac, WI
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Wollersheim Winery is located on the Wisconsin River — 30 minutes outside of Madison, Wisconsin. This Winery not only produces an impressive array of wines and has garnered special attention for its Prarie Fumé, but it also has a distillery on the property producing two varieties of Eau de Vie and three varieties of brandy from Wisconsin apples and pears. Wollersheim Winery offers something to wine connoisseurs and spirits experts alike.