Grape Breeding and Enology

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ICCWC Preliminary Results are in!

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


Fall Field Day

September 1, 2022

September 10, 2022

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

2021 Crush Report

July 28, 2022

Grape production data from 2021 now available for Minnesota

2022 ICCWC Winner List

May 6, 2022

Preliminary results are in for the 2022 ICCWC. 

Minnesota Governor's Cup

Equinoce Extra Dry (Best of Show Sparkling Wine), Chankaska Creek Ranch Winery and Distillery; Kasota, MN

 Winery of the Year

Parallel 44, Kewaunee, WI

Best of Show Fruit Wine

Perry (Sparkling), Madigan Winery, Lansing, IA

Best of Show Rose'

Blush, Rolling Forks Vineyards, Glenwood, MN

Best of Show Dessert Wine

Hula, Dancing Dragonfly Winery, Saint Croix Falls, WI

Best of Show White Wine

La Crescent, Parallel 44, Kewaunee, WI

Best of Show Red Wine

Pearly Duck (Petite PearlDuck Creek Vineyard and Winery, Denmark, WI