The Upper Mississippi River Valley region is in a unique AVA (American Viticultural Area), ideal for grape growing. Along the Great River Road, picturesque vineyards dot the landscape. Great Oaks Vineyard was started in 1996, sited on an ideal north/south-oriented slope of the property. New vines have been added every year until 2008, making the oldest vines 18 years old and the youngest, 6 years old. All varietals in the vineyard — indeed, all grape varietals grown in this region — are cold-hardy hybrids, many of which were developed at the University of Minnesota. Recent News about Wisconsin Wineries.
Great Oaks Vineyard varietals include:
Red grapes: Marechal Foch, Frontenac red, Bluebell, St. Croix, Marquette
White grapes: Lacrosse, Prairie Star, Eidelweiss, Frontenac gris, LaCrescent, Alpenglow, St. Pepin
The vineyard is enclosed by a new, professionally-installed 8’ permanent deer-exclusion fence, with machine-driven wood posts and Stay-Tuff 12-1/2-gauge, hi-tensile, Class-3 galvanized wire.