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.

Dr. Richard Smart Monday June 25 at the Arboretum


Dr. Richard Smart:

Improved Canopy Management and Trunk Disease Implications for the Midwest


You are invited to a seminar and meet & greet with Richard Smart, global leader on vineyard canopy management techniques and author of Sunlight into Wine.

Grapevine Pruning and Vineyard Prep Workshop April 21


Grapevine Pruning and Vineyard Prep Workshop

Get ready for the 2018 season with the Southern Minnesota Wine Grower Alliance and University of Minnesota Extension!


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