Marquette Wine Has Pinot In Its Blood

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8 Responses

  1. Patrick says:

    There are a couple other vinifera varieties in Marquette’s lineage…..if you trace the parentage of MN 1019 mentioned in the diagram above, you’ll find Cabernet and Merlot as well. So, Marquette has some very noble genes in its ancestry!

    • Rob Tebeau says:

      Hi Patrick:

      I didn’t know that about MN 1019. That’s really interesting!


      • Patrick says:

        Hi Rob – Here’s a link that might be useful to you: This is a website that has more-or-less complete parentage info for many hybrid grapes. If you scroll down then click on Marquette, you’ll see a parentage diagram that shows where Cabernet and Merlot was involved. Hope this helps.

        – Patrick

  2. Tom Plocher says:

    Try to tell people in Alexandria or Barnum or Hugo, MN how extremely cold hardy this variety is. You just might get an argument.

    • Mark Ganchiff says:


      Need to get out my map, but thanks for letting folks know that Marquette is not infinitely cold hardy. We have written about winter die off problems with Marquette in MWP.

  3. Bob Thaden says:

    Marquette can make a great wine. We just won a Jefferson Cup with our 2017 Marquette. But many years it dies back, as Tom Plocher hints in his column. I’m looking for a Marquette hybrid with 10°F more hardiness!

  4. Tom Schaumberg says:

    I have a small hobby vineyard in NE Iowa about 20 miles from the Minnesota border. I planted about 75 Marquette vines in 2007. Had a fair crop in 2010 and a bumper crop in 2011 but after that things turned south in terms of production. I have nice healthy leaves but production is down to 1/4th or less of what it was in 2011 &1012. I fertilize and spray according to the book but nothing seems to increase production. Why do I have nice and abundant foliage and sparse production. What can I do to increase production? Please Help! Thanks, Tom

  1. July 23, 2013

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