Colorado Growing University of Minnesota Grapes
October 15, 2013
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.
See: Palisade-Area Winemakers Get Creative as Cold Weather Nips Grapes
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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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