University of Minnesota grape cultivars
The development of high-quality, cold-hardy, and disease-resistant wine grape cultivars in the 21st century has been a fruitful one. Recent releases include 7 cultivars bred specifically for use in the wine industry: La Crescent (2002), Frontenac Gris (2003), Marquette (2006), Frontenac Blanc (2012), Itasca (2015), and Clarion (2022). Frontenac blanc, a color mutation of Frontenac which was discovered by growers, has also been widely planted in recent years. General information on these cultivars and others developed at UMN can be found here.
Growing recommendations for these UMN cultivars are available via fact sheets developed by our breeding and Extension teams.
Ask for Itasca!
By Annie Klodd, John Thull, Drew Horton, and Matt Clark
We have developed a short guide for the 'Itasca' grape. Click on the preview to open up the .pdf document.
Alternative link to the document: Itasca fact sheet