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.

10 Anniversary ICCWC: Trophy Winners Announced

10th Anniversary International Cold Climate Wine Competition Results are coming in. 24 judges from around the nation met today at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska to judge cold-climate wines. The only competition of its kind that focuses on wines made with cold hardy grapes, fruit, or mead. Over 340 wines were entered from 66 wineries. These wineries were from 16 states and 2 Canadian provinces, a true international competition. The full medal list will be presented on 8/16/2018, but the top trophy winners have been notified! These winners include:

10 Anniversary ICCWC

10th Anniversary International Cold Climate Wine Competition

We are just a few short weeks away before the 10th Anniversary International Cold Climate Wine Competition begins. Thanks to all of our sponsors.  Just a few reminders of important deadlines and getting your wines to the competition in time.


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