The state was founded in 1858 and is located in the Midwest of the USA in the north on the border with Canada, Due to the many lakes, Minnesota is also called the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". There are extremely cold winters with temperatures below minus 30 degrees Celsius. Therefore, the University of Minnesota has pushed research into cold weather viticulture and extremely frost hardy new varieties forced. Below are edelweiss. Frontenac. La Crosse. St. Croix and St. Pepin, from the vine grower Elmer Swenson (1913-2004) were created on his farm near Osceola. The over 400 grape farmers are united in the "Minnesota Grape Growers Association". One and only AVA is called Alexandria Lakes. Well-known producers include Alexis Bailly Vineyards, Luedke's Winery, Minnesota Wild Winery, Morgan Creek Vineyards, Saint Croix Vineyards.