The state was founded in 1858 and is located in the Midwest United States to the north on the border too Canada, Because of the many lakes, Minnesota is also known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". There are extremely cold winters with temperatures below minus 30 ° Celsius. That is why the University of Minnesota has advanced research into cold weather viticulture and is extremely hardy new varieties forced. Among them are edelweiss. Frontenac. La Crosse. St. Croix and St. Pepin by the vine grower Elmer Swenson (1913-2004) were created on his premises near Osceola. The over 400 grape growers are united in the "Minnesota Grape Growers Association". One and only AVA is called Alexandria Lakes. Well-known producers are Alexis Bailly Vineyards, Luedke's Winery, Minnesota Wild Winery, Morgan Creek Vineyards, Saint Croix Vineyards.