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Ice Cold Means Ice Wine in Wisconsin

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Every year we get just a few photo opportunities here at Cold Country Vines & Wines, where the winter provides us with some spectacular images. Our cold weather starts in the late Fall with Ice Wine picking.  After that, the cold just keeps on coming.

Frosty Winery

A  Frosty Vineyard above shows what happens on a foggy morning below freezing.  Below is a very wet snowfall.

Snow Vin

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We aren’t the coldest Wisconsin winery but we have winters that make great Ice Wine.  This is something that we have here in Wisconsin.  If you haven’t tasted our Ice Wine or any of the other Wisconsin Ice Wines, you should.  It is something you aren’t going to get in California.  They have great Cabernet Sauvignon, but we have great Ice Wine!

Ice Wine

Ice Wine is made by leaving grapes on the vine long after they would be normally picked.  These grapes dry out and become somewhat like raisins.  Once the temperature gets down into the low teens or even single digit, you pick them and press them while they are still frozen.  Some of the water that had frozen inside the grape stays with the skins and seeds and the resulting pressed juice is similar in consistency to maple syrup. You then make wine pretty much like you would make any other wine after that.  The concentrating effect of the drying combined with the pressing while frozen makes this a very sweet and extremely intensely flavored wine of which you only get a small amount per acre compared to normal 600 gallons or so that you would get making table wine. Other problems with trying to make Ice Wine is the competition with the birds, raccoons and deer. Its a constant battle trying to keep the grapes on the vine before the first deep freeze.  That is why Ice Wine is so rare and so special.

Wine Tasting In Wisconsin – Discover A New Favorite!

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Cold Country Vines & Wines is a great place to come for a wine tasting in Wisconsin! Our tasting room is open every day in-season, Thursday through Monday during the winter, and we offer tours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – on request and during events!

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Jay Stoeger – The Man Behind Cold Country Vines & Wines

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vineyards in wisconsin

Welcome to harvest season at vineyards in Wisconsin! Fall is very busy at any vineyard, but at vineyards in Wisconsin this is an especially busy time as we work 18 hours and more every day to bring in the grapes that will become next year’s wine!

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Wine Baskets Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

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Kewaunee, WI: Cold Country Vines & Wines is excited to announce their first annual Holiday Event and Deer Hunting Widow’s Night Out, Saturday November 29, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public! Cold Country Vines & Wines is off Hwy 42, 12 miles south of Kewaunee and 14 miles north of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, on the East Twin River Valley just East of Green Bay.

Wine Tasting – Music – Wine – Holiday Gifts – Wine Merchandise!

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The Wisconsin Vineyard – Where Winemaking Happens!

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When you pull the cork out of a bottle of wine made from a Wisconsin Vineyard, you probably aren’t thinking about everything that had to happen for you to inhale that first aroma or watch the wine splash into the wineglass. You’re probably thinking about how wonderful it tastes – whatever your tastes might be.

There’s an old adage that 80% of winemaking happens in the vineyard and it’s the truth.

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Marquette Grape – A Wine To Watch At Cold Country!

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Wisconsin probably isn’t the first place you think of when you’re imagining vineyards, wineries, and wine tasting. But thanks to the development of new types of cold-climate grapes including the Marquette grape by the University of Minnesota, Wisconsin is fast becoming a new wine-lover’s paradise.

Grapes are grown in all fifty states and all states produce wine, but grapes thrive in Mediterranean climates like California. And of course, in the minds of most people, California and vineyards just go together. The shorter growing season means

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Award Winning Wines From Cold Country Vines & Wines

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Cold Country Vines & Wines wins Double Gold and Silver at 6th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition

Kewaunee, WI: Cold Country Vines & Wines is excited to announce two of their wines were awarded prizes in the 6th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition. ‘La Crescent’ was awarded Double Gold and ‘Marquette’ was awarded Silver. Both wines are 2013 vintage.

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What Is A Wine Harvest Festival?

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What is a Wine Harvest Festival?

Cold Country Vines & Wines First Annual Public Fall Harvest Festival

Kewaunee, WI: Cold Country Vines & Wines is excited to announce the dates of their first annual public Wine Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public! Cold Country Vines & Wines is off Hwy 42, 12 miles south of Kewaunee and 14 miles north of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, on the East Twin River Valley just East of Green Bay.

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Organic Grape Growing and How it Affects Wine

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Organic grape growing has been a highly debated topic. Is it possible? Is it effective? How does it affect the wine?

The difference between organic and non-organic viticulture lies in whether chemicals such as synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are used during the grape growing process.

Organic grapes are grown without the use of chemicals.


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Wine is on the Rise, While Beer Declines

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Recent stats show that more and more people are dropping beer for wine. A report from Gallup says that 36 percent of Americans who drink alcohol prefer beer and 35 percent prefer wine. Twenty-three percent say they prefer liquor.

The growth in wine’s popularity has been seen across racial groups and in both men and women. While only 20 percent of men say they prefer wine over beer, 52 percent of women like wine better.

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