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.

Spotted Wing gDrosophila (SWD) Alert for Wine Grapes

Recent rains have caused berry splitting for grape growers around Minnesota, leading to spotted wing Drosophila infestations. Insecticide applications are warranted to prevent damaging affects on wine quality, and must be done at least one day prior to harvest.

2018 Open House 9/8/2018

Join in celebrating the fall grape harvest with an open house hosted by the University of Minnesota Grape Breeding and Enology project.  

This annual event is a great time to meet other grape growers and enthusiasts. You get to taste about 50 different grape varieties and learn about research being conducted on enology, viticulture, and grape genetics.

This year will also feature Dr. Bob Guthrie, a world expert on Kiwi (Actinidia). Dr. Guthrie will provide attendees an opportunity to taste kiwi berries and talk about research related to this unique cold-hardy crop.

2018 ICCWC 10th Anniversary Winners Announced

10th Anniversary International Cold Climate Wine Competition

For Immediate Release: 8/18/2018

Press Contact: Matt Clark or 612-626-5142

Trophy and Medal Winners for the 10th Anniversary International Cold Climate Wine Competition


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