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Wisconsin Has Wine to Go With All That Cheese

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau plans to designate nearly 3,800 square miles of Northeastern Wisconsin as the Wisconsin Ledge Viticultural Area. Wineries would then be able to use that name on their label if at least 85 percent of the grapes used to make the wine came from the area.

The agency says that the proposed viticultural area has approximately 320 acres of vineyards planted and at least 14 commercially-producing vineyards and wineries producing mostly white wines based on American varietals.

According to the petition to create the viticultural area, the region is distinguished by its unsorted till and stratified gravel, sand, and clay soils, which local winemakers say are well-suited for growing wine grapes.

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