Grape Breeding and Enology

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Welcome to the Grape Breeding and Enology project website!

Located at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, we conduct research in the Department of Horticultural Science and at the Horticultural Research Center.  Our focus is on grapevine cultivar development which includes: wine grapes, table grape varieties, and ornamentals that survive and thrive the cold-climate conditions.  We also focus on understanding the mechanisms of disease and pest resistance so that we incorporate these traits as a way to improve sustainability for Minnesota growers.  In addition to developing grapes, we focus on developing and teaching enology best practices for cold-hardy grapes.

Keeping It FRESH: Proper Wine Storage and Maturation

Drew Horton, Enology Specialist – University of Minnesota Grape Breeding & Enology Project

One of the most important things you can do for your new wines right now is to take the proper steps to maintain their freshness. After a long year of nurturing your vines in the vineyard, and a few weeks turning their fruit into wine, now is the time to do your best to keep those wines in as optimum condition as possible during maturation and in preparation for bottling.

2013-2016 Crush Report

Minnesota Grape Production Statistics: 2013-2016


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