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.

News and Blog


No Fall Field day at HRC in 2021

September 7, 2021

Just a reminder that there will not be a fall grape open house on 9/11/2021 as usual due to constraints with hosting the event due to COVID. We hope to present an open house in 2022

2020 Crush Report Survey Request

April 12, 2021

Welcome! We are asking you to complete this survey so we can understand the 2020 grape growing season in Minnesota. This is an extension of last year's work. You can read about the results here.

Cold Climate Conference 2021

January 15, 2021

Cold Climate Conference

The 2021 Cold Climate Conference will be held again VIRTUALLY!  

2-DAY Conference 

FEBRUARY 10TH & 11TH  FROM 4:30 - 9:00 PM 

All times are evenings in Central Time