44 Live: The Wisconsin Ledge

Apr. 27, 2017

Take your left hand and put it out straight, close your fingers together and leave your thumb away from your pointer finger. If your hand was Wisconsin, your thumb is the Wisconsin Ledge AVA. This is an area of the Niagra Escarpment that represents a region ideal for growing wine grapes. Covering an area of 3,800 sq mi, this area was certified by the US Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau on March 22, 2012. 

Because of ancient glacial movements, the land in the Wisconsin Ledge slopes upwards from the shores of Lake Michigan to the top of the ledge, before dropping sharply off into Green Bay. The vineyards on this ledge benefit from constant air movement from Lake Michigan, which result in much longer growing seasons.

By designating this region as part of the American Viticultural Association, northeast Wisconsin can be considered one of the great grape growing regions in the world.

For more information check out these articles:

Midwest Wine Press

Door County Pulse


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