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ITASCA (U of MN)- This grape has excellent disease resistance and cold hardiness. Very good plant vigor. The wine is light yellow and has aromas of pear, melon, and honey notes. Itasca has nice chemistry of low acidity and high sugar for making drier white wines.  Royalty $1.00



LA CRESCENT - (U. of MN) Makes a wonderful white wine with an tropical-pineapple flavor. The fruit turns a beautiful golden brown when fully ripe. The vine is a vigorous grower with a very attractive dark green foliage. You must have a good spray program to manage downy mildew. This wine has unlimited marketabilities.
Royalty $.50 each

FRONTENAC GRIS - (U. of MN) This is a mutation of Frontenac. Excellent winter hardiness and vigor. The fruit is a light lavender-bronze color. All plant characteristics are the same as Frontenac. When pressed without a skin time the juice is a cherry pink. This wine has a more complex taste structure with strawberry-apricot tones. This wine is a nice amber-gold color with fresh fruit aromas. There are many ways to use this grape in your winery.
Royalty $.50 each



PRAIRIE STAR - (E.S.) Very good winter hardiness. This grape has good vigor, but it tends to start out slow the first year or two. Then it comes on strong. This grape makes a more neutral wine, has good body, and is often used in blending. Very nicely clustered berries.
No Royalty

BRIANNA - (E.S.) This grape has good vigor and winter hardiness. High yielding, nice size clusters with big berries. Produces wines that have a tropical, fruity flavor with very nice aromatics. Harvest early. The wine is a customer favorite and sells well.   No Royalty

 EDELWEISS - (E.S.) Popular in the Midwest.    No Royalty

White mutation of the Frontenac Variety. It is very vigorous and has good disease resistance. Produces nice crisp white wines with mostly pear and citrus notes. High Yielding. Royalty $.25


LOUISE SWENSON - (E.S.) In five years of trials, the wine has been outstanding for its quality and consistency. The wine is without any negative hybrid characteristics, and has a typical delicate aroma of flowers and honey. This wine is rather light in body. Blending with a variety such as Prairie Star makes it a more complete wine. Louise Swenson rarely exceeds 20 Brix. Observed all over Minnesota, this variety has shown no winter injury even in the most severe (-40 degree) winters.      No Royalty


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