Colorado Growing University of Minnesota Grapes
The Minnesota and Wisconsin Grape Growers Associations uncovered an article in the Denver Post today about cold hardy wine grapes being planted in Colorado. The story says that Marquette, Frontenac and La Crescent, all developed by the University of Minnesota, are being planted in the Grand Valley of Colorado. The Grand Valley is along the Utah-Colorado border near the city of Grand Junction.
Colorado is not the only western state growing cold hardy grapes. The Jan/Feb issue of Vineyard and Winery Management magazine will include a story by Midwest Wine Press publisher Mark Ganchiff about interspecific hybrid production in the Pacific Northwest. There are currently a number of Oregon and Washington wineries producing wines made with University of Minnesota grapes.