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.

Statement on Botryosphaeria in Minnesota Grapevines

Authors: Annie Klodd, Matt Clark, and Mike White. With input from John Thull, Jenny Thull, Mizuho Nita, and Tim Martinson. 

10th Anniversary ICCWC

10th Anniversary International Cold Climate Wine CompetitionRegistration is now open for the 10th Anniversary International Cold Climate Wine Competition. To submit your wines for the competition, click here!

VitiNord2018 Registration is Open!

VitiNord2018 will be hosted in the beautiful cities of Malmö/Alnarp – Copenhagen/Frederiksberg

July 30 through August 3, 2018

For the first time, an international conference will bring together growers and wine makers from the Scandinavian countries, Europe and North America. The Oresund bridge makes possible this conference in Sweden and, just across the Oresund, in Denmark.

Learn more about VitiNord2018 and register for this event at 


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