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.

MDA Mock Inspection Class with Inspectors and Q&A sessions

Some Follow up from the event can be found here with links to important documents.

The MGGA has put together a one day MDA class with local MDA officials to help alleviate your concerns. 

What: MDA Mock Inspection Class with Inspectors and Q&A sessions.

When: April 29th from 9:30am-2:30pm

Cost: $10 MGGA Members/ $40 non MGGA members

Where: Two Rivers Vineyards and Winery 

6111 Us Hwy 10  Ramsey, MN 55303

Two Rivers Vineyard & Winery

Inter-generic Grafting

Some Early images from a grafting ‘experiment’ with Ampelopsis as the scion wood (top part as a cultivar), and a hybrid rootstock from the UMN breeding program.

Starting to see callus formation at the graft union. We use the Ryset grafting tool which just like cutting puzzle pieces.


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