John Marshall’s Favorite White Hybrid Grapes

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  1. Patrick says:

    This is a very good overview of the white wine grape varieties available to Northern growers. I think most of us in the industry would agree that the quality of the cold hardy white wine varieties is way ahead of the hardy red wine varieties(although hopefully this will change in the coming years!). Wine drinkers accustomed to only vinifera varieties would find many of our Northern white wines quite delightful. And a number of them, such as Frontenac Gris with its pleasant apricot/peach notes, have flavors that, as John says, “cannot be found in a liquor store”. That is a strength to build upon, for sure

  2. Adam Simpson says:

    What about Frontenac Blanc?

  3. jeremy says:

    Hi Adam
    Check out North east vine supply

  4. Don’t forget about Traminette!! Indiana’s Signature Grape isn’t as new as some of the grapes mentioned above. But all of these make exceptional wines. And in Indiana, we’ve found people are very willing to try local grapes!

  5. In Wisconsin we see that not only are people willing to try locally grown wine they are seeking it out! Establishing a signature grape is a grower issue. Wisconsin wineries are currently capable of producing salable grape based wines derived from multiple sources and locally grown fruit based wines to fill this growing demand. To John’s point of the article the white varitals already available to northern growers have as he states “enormous customer appeal”. Growers need to commit to larger plantings of these single varitals and deliver quality grapes, year over year to the winemaker in order to move the industry forward.

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