Forbes Lauds Baco Noir

Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark's articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines. Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.

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  1. Mark, In 2010 we planted one acre of Baco Noir in East Central Wisconsin (Wisconsin Ledge AVA). This area sits on top of the far western edge of the Niagara Escarpment which runs under the Great Lakes and the New York, Ontario Canada region where Baco is widely grown. Soils and climate are very similar given the underlying rock ledge and the temperature moderation provided by the Great Lakes. The vines are doing well on VSP trellis, a small harvest last year was sold to a local winery for production. Low winter temperatures generally found throughout the upper Midwest and away from the lakes may be of concern with this hybrid varietal.

    • Mark Ganchiff says:


      Please keep us posted on how your Baco overwinters. Baco can make quality wine and it’s great to hear that you are having success.

      Mark G.

      • Randy Riesterer says:

        Hi Mark,
        . We did a mechanical rough prune about a month ago and will be done with final pruning today. We held off final pruning to be sure that primary buds pushed shoots as expected. Looks good so far. Two or three bud spur pruning, 40 count per vine.


    • Jeremy Haese says:

      Hi Randy
      You must be close to me (I’m in Cato). I would love to come and see your Baco some time. Did you suffer and damage this last winter? Are your baco on thier own roots?

      • Randy Riesterer says:

        Hi Jeremy,
        My apologizes for the delayed reply. Yes they are own rooted vines. The vines on well drained soil winter just fine. We did however have excess water stress to vines located in a lower section of the vineyard this season. The vines in this area have never completely filled the trellis and die back to cordon or near the trunk each winter. We tiled the area this summer and removed all fruit so the vines can recover before going into winter. Please call me at 920-905-3436 to set up a time for a tour. We will be harvesting in the next 10 – 15 days. Randy