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.

Tips for Reducing Grapevine Trunk Disease During Pruning

Many growers have been inquiring about what they can do during pruning to manage grapevine trunk disease (GTD). Below are a few general tips to reducing the risk or prevalence of grapevine trunk disease. They can be adapted to the individual vineyard based on what is feasible within your management system.

Free Webinar: 2018 Grape Grower Season Re-Cap, Nov. 15

Vineyard in fall

Click here to watch the recording of the webinar from Nov. 15: Grape Grower Season Re-Cap Webinar

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