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All varieties have been developed at the University of Minnesota. They were created to have great cold tolerances (-30 to -40 F without damage). Harvest for our grapes is between late September and early October.
Frontenac: Very heavy producer of large clusters with small black berries. Wine made from Frontenac has a pleasant cherry aroma with berry and plum. This wine can either be a blush or a red depending on how it is fermented.
Kay Gray: Produces medium to large white grapes. These grapes create a wine with a mild foxy flavor.
Marechal Foch: Has great disease tolerance. This varietal produces short tight clusters that produce a fruity, light red table wine.
Leon Millot: It has black grapes that are noted for producing a deep colored wine with a distinct berry aroma.
Prairie Star: Large clusters with medium sized berries. This varietal produces a neutral wine that has fullness in the mouth and finish. It is a great blending component to add body and finish to thinner white wines.
Sabrevois: The sugar content in this varietal is much lower than many. The wine created has a pleasant berry-like fruitiness on the nose and mouth.
St. Pepin: This is the only varietal we have that has imperfect flowers. It makes medium-large clusters that create a fruity light wine.
St. Croix: Medium sized clusters with small berries. This wine is dark red in color, but is light, and fruity. This is a great red wine for the summer.
Swenson Red: The grape is firm and meaty with unique fruity flavor that many people consider the best-flavored grape they’ve ever had.
Swenson White: White wines produced from Swenson White have been excellent, with a pronounced flowery nose and a long fruity finish. This varietal is a good candidate for ice wine.
E.S. 6-16-30: Clusters are medium size and the berries are a deep golden color when fully ripe. The wine has been described as a bit austere, but with a delicate, flowery nose.
E.S. 10-18-30: Shows extreme winter hardiness to -40 F. Has small white clusters, wines have good body, acidity and a long finish.
*all varieties have been developed at the University of Minnesota. They were created to have great cold tolerances (-30 to -40 F without damage). Harvest for our grapes is between late September and early October.