March 29, 2017

MWP and Craft Beverages Unlimited Midwest 2016

In a couple of months’ time, wine industry people from across the Midwest will gather in St. Charles, Missouri for one of the biggest wine conferences in our region. One difference this year is a name change: what was formerly called the Midwest Wine Conference is now Craft Beverages Unlimited Midwest. This time, winemakers, distillers and brewers are under one roof, but attending three separate … [Read more...]

La Crescent: A Winemaker’s Grape

The first time I had a glass of wine made from La Crescent, I was completely blown away.Reminiscent of an aromatic white that might come from Germany or Austria, my mind started spinning with all the potential this grape has for winemakers in Minnesota. The high acidity makes it relatively versatile for various winemaking styles from dry to sweet or even fortified dessert wines, while the … [Read more...]

Midwest Vineyards Surprised by Historic Snow and Cold

Unusual wintry conditions, including the first May snowfalls in more than a century, have surprised many Midwest vineyards. To find out how these unusual conditions are impacting on vines, Midwest Wine Press consulted with wineries across the central Midwest.IowaMWP suggested to Bob Wersen, owner of Tassel Ridge Winery in Leighton, southern Iowa, that the current weather is pretty … [Read more...]

Northern Hybrids- A New Class of Grapes

There is no shortage of hybrid grapes or classes of hybrid grapes these days.  French hybrids, German hybrids,  California hybrids, Cornell hybrids, Labrusca hybrids, Riparia hybrids;  the list goes on and on.  However, a new class of hybrids has emerged in the last twenty years or so, grapes we have come to call Northern hybrids.  These grapes are making wine grape growing practical in cold … [Read more...]

Kansas Wine Conference: Photos & Story Preview

On Friday and Saturday, Midwest Wine Press attended the 27th Annual Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Association (KGGWA) Conference in Topeka, Kansas.Among the speakers were a number of Midwestern viticulture heavy-weights. We got along to these talks:Lucian Dressel, who in 1966 reopened Missouri's Mount Pleasant Winery in Augusta and now breeds and patents new grape varieties at Davis … [Read more...]

“Edward Scissorhands” Replacing Hand Pruning

Two projects are underway in the Midwest to test and expand the use of mechanical grape vine pruning.  One project in Wisconsin will evaluate mechanical rough pruning for cold climate hybrids.   Another research project at Purdue University is looking at cutting edge technology to perform finer pruning using robotics.During 2012, David Danzinger of Danzinger Vineyards in Alma, Wisconsin … [Read more...]

Robert Merletti Previews Midwest Wine Conference

The 2013 Midwest Grape & Wine Conference & Trade Show is taking place in St. Charles, Missouri, from February 7-9. The conference, hosted by Vineyard & Winery Management, is the third largest event of its kind in the United States and brings together winemakers, winery suppliers and viticulture experts from across the Midwest and the US.Midwest Wine Press spoke with V&W … [Read more...]

New Research: Vegetable Oil Delays Vine Bud Break

The results of a five-year research project show that applying vegetable oil to vines significantly delays bud break. The project, by Mac’s Creek Winery and Vineyards in Lexington, Nebraska, aimed to find a way of minimizing damage to vines due to late spring frost.The research was presented at VitiNord 2012, an international cold climate grape conference held jointly in Neubrandenburg Germany … [Read more...]

Cold Climate Grape Brainstorming in Europe

Greetings from Neubrandenburg, Germany! I've just returned from attending VitiNord2012, an international cold climate grape growing conference that was held in Germany and Poland.I'm co-owner of Mac’s Creek Winery and Vineyards in Lexington Nebraska and Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Our 15 acre vineyard and winery were established 10 years ago. The grapes we grow, … [Read more...]

Northern Grapes Project Pays Dividends in Year One

The Northern Grapes Project (NGP) has released its one year progress report.  NGP involves institutions in 12 states and 19 regional wine and grape organizations, many in the Midwest. "It is the first project of its kind to focus on cold climate cultivars" said Project Director, Tim Martinson, from Cornell University's Department of Horticulture."We’ve designed this as a five-year project and … [Read more...]