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.

VitiNord2018 Registration is Open!

VitiNord2018 will be hosted in the beautiful cities of Malmö/Alnarp – Copenhagen/Frederiksberg

July 30 through August 3, 2018

For the first time, an international conference will bring together growers and wine makers from the Scandinavian countries, Europe and North America. The Oresund bridge makes possible this conference in Sweden and, just across the Oresund, in Denmark.

Learn more about VitiNord2018 and register for this event at 

Minnesota Grape Production Statistics 2017

Minnesota Grape Production Statistics 2017

Estimates for the yield, production, and pricing data of the minnesota grape industry

Richard Smart to Visit Hort Research Center on June 25

Improve Canopy Management and Reduce Disease with Dr. Richard Smart

The University of Minnesota and SMWGA will be hosting world renown viticulturist Dr. Richard Smart for a seminar, "Improved Canopy Management and Trunk Disease Implications for the Midwest" on June 25th, from 3-5pm at the UMN Horticultural Research Center. The seminar will be followed by a meet and greet reception from 5-6pm with Dr. Smart, featuring Minnesota wine and appetizers.


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