Minnesota Wine AVAs: Alexandria Lakes
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Alexandria Lakes AVA
encompasses 10,880 acres (4400 hectares) in central Minnesota.
At present this AVA has only a single winery, Carlos Creek. The area has unique geographical features
due to extensive glaciation. Grape varieties include arieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel,
Chardonnay and Riesling.
Forestedge Winery Minnesota
Upper Mississippi Valley
Upper Mississippi Valley AVA
is the largest wine producing region in the
world, occupying about 30 thousand square miles (approximately
77 thousand square kilometers) in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and
Wisconsin. It follows the Mississippi River for over 500 miles (about 800 kilometers)
and consequently is quite varied. Only a small percentage is cultivated in grapes,
almost all of which are French hybrids.
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