Does This Winter Signal The Rebirth of Hybrid Grapes?

Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark's articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines. Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.

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  1. Patrick says:

    Mark – Interesting discussion. As you probably know, one of the common predictions among climate scientists is that climate change(or global warming, as you may prefer) will result in more frequent temperature extremes, in addition to the other changes we are seeing. So, winters like 2013-2014 may actually become more frequent, despite the increase in average global temps. Another factor that may boost the interest in cold hardy hybrids is the fact that the Northern Grapes Project is doing some serious research on these new varieties(eg, see http://northerngrapesproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/April-8-2014-NG-Webinar.pdf). One of the keys to producing the quality wines is knowing how to achieve top quality fruit in the vineyard, and these folks are making great progress in that direction.

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