Marquette Wine Has Pinot In Its Blood

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  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!

  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!

  1. July 23, 2013

    […] planted a half-acre of a red hybrid grape called Marquette, which was developed by the University of Minnesota. It is a distant relation to Pinot Noir and […]

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