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Frontenac blanc

This is the newest member of the Frontenac family! Just like the family of Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Pinot blanc, another mutation of Frontenac has been found. In the vineyard, Frontenac blanc performs identically to Frontenac and Frontenac gris. Very productive, vigorous, immune to downy mildew, and hardy to near -36F. Berries are yellow to gold when ripe, producing a very light straw colored wine. Exposure of clusters to full sun will achieve the best aromatics. Early wine samples have been distinctly different from Frontenac gris, expressing more pure stone fruit and melon in the nose. Ripens late mid season with moderate to high acidity. This may be a good choice for those who have difficulty with La Crescent in the vineyard. A $.25 ROYALTY TO THE MN NURSERY RESEARCH CORP. IS ADDED TO THE PRICE OF EACH VINE. BR #2 ONLY AVAILABLE.

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Brianna

Proving to be very hardy, to around -30F. In recent years this vigorous variety has been quickly replacing Edelweiss, which has shown winter injury in some years at surprisingly mild temperatures, due to its superior winter hardiness. Extremely productive, with small to medium sized tight clusters, fair disease resistance, susceptible to crown gall in frost prone locations. Trailing growth habit capable of producing long canes if not green pruned. Brianna wine is becoming increasingly popular due to its big, tropical fruit aromas. While early ripening, often the end of August or first week of September, acid remains high. Best harvested when the ph is 3.2-3.5. Often finished with some residual sugar. Selected by Elmer Swenson. BR #2 ONLY (smaller vines) ARE AVAILABLE.

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Frontenac gris

This mutation of Frontenac was found growing at the U of MN. Culturally it is identical to Frontenac, with great hardiness and good disease resistance. Ripening time is a little earlier than Frontenac. Small grey to bronze berries are born on medium sized, loose clusters. Berry splitting and barytes have not been observed. Suitable for high quality table and dessert wines, possibly ice wine as well. Small quantities blended into a dry white blend add bright aromatics to more neutral base wines, like Prairie Star. When given a short period of skin contact, or when blended with cold pressed Frontenac, Frontenac gris makes an amazing rose. Ripens mid season with aromas that include grapefruit, peach, and pineapple. Labrusca and herbaceous aromas have not been detected. Selected by the U of MN. A $.50 ROYALTY TO U OF MN WILL BE ADDED TO EACH VINE.

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LaCrosse

Hardy to around -25F. Strong vigor and a semi upright growth habit. Lots of tendrils. Ripens late to around 22 brix. God varietal wines have been made in a dry and semi dry style and are clean, fruity with good acidity similar to Seyval, one of its parents. Citrus, apple, pear, and apricot have been noted in the nose. Also does well when lightly oaked or barrel fermented. This is one of the leading white wine varieties in some upper midwestern states and does very well in moderate sites of the northeast. Selected by Elmer Swenson.

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Swenson White

Hardy to around -30F. Quite vigorous. This offspring of Edelweiss was an attempt by Elmer Swenson to improve upon that variety. We think that Swenson White is a great improvement! Trailing growth habit suited to top wire cordon. Large berries on large clusters makes this selection easy to harvest. Ripens mid to late season to just over 20 brix, but has thick skins that allow it to hang on the vine very late. In warmer climates, Swenson White may develop labrusca aromas if over ripe. May make the best wines in cooler climates. Wines are intensely aromatic with floral and tropical fruit notes. Can be used in ice wine production in cooler areas. Also a great blending addition to add aromatics to a more neutral wine. Nice seeded table grape. Selected by Elmer Swenson.

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La Crescent

In good conditions, hardy to -36F. La Crescent is a moderate to high vigor release from the University of MN. Trailing growth habit. Early bud break and early to mid season ripening. Quite susceptible to downy mildew and black rot, but this is easily controlled with a careful spray program. Early defoliation due to downy or powdery mildew must be controlled to allow the vine to fully harden off for winter. Seems to prefer drier soils. Prone to shelling near harvest, late harvest is not an option. Well ripened La Crescent will reach 22-27 brix with 12-14 g/l acidity. Wine can be excellent, winning Best of Show for cold climate whites at several ICCW competitions. Big, bright aromatics include lots of apricot, lime and honey. Similar to a good Vignole or Riesling. Can be made dry in the best years if acid drops and it is properly handled in the winery. Often finished off dry to sweet. Also makes wonderful rich dessert wines. Selected by the U of MN. A $.50 TO U OF MN WILL BE ADDED TO EACH VINE.

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St. Pepin

Hardy to around -26F. This variety is not self fruitful and requires another variety that blooms at the same time to be planted near it for proper fruit set. Suitable pollinators are Louise, Praire Star, Brianna, LaCrosse, and to a lesser degree the Frontenac family. Yield can be up to 4 tons per acre when planted 2 rows of St. Pepin with one row of pollinator on either side. Medium sized berries on medium sized loose clusters. Ripens mid season to about 22 brix and under 1% TA. Thick skins allow St. Pepin to hang on the vine for late harvest or ice wine. Wine can be excellent, approaching Riesling in quality. Suitable for dry white wine to ice wine and blending. Selected by Elmer Swenson.

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Prairie Star

Hardy to -38F. This selection is widely planted for its lower acidity and neutral aromatics. It is an ideal blending component for dry white wines to lower the overall acidity and add body and finish. Sometimes Prairie Star is made as a varietal or with a small amount of something more aromatic, and then barrel fermented. This is a wine style that resembles some California Chardonnays, but is made from fully hardy grapes. Acidity is typically below 1% with 20-22 brix. Both Prairie Star and Louise perform well on heavier soils with more silt and clay. Should be well irrigated on sandier sites. Growth is somewhat upright. Mid season bud break and early season ripening. BR #2 ONLY (smaller vines) ARE AVAILABLE.

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Louise Swenson

Consistently hardy to -40F. Moderate vigor with an orderly growth habit. Rarely requires shoot pruning. Regular yields of medium sized clusters, 3-4 tons per acre. On the later side to bud out in the spring and very good disease resistance. Performs best on heavier soils or with plenty of irrigation. Wine can be outstanding with aromas of flowers, honey and tangerine. Low acidity makes this a perfect selection for dry white wine. Sugar production is also low, 18-20 brix. Can become slightly labrusca if left to overripe. Somewhat light in body, Louise benefits from a small addition of Prairie Star or Frontenac blanc. Plantings have grown significantly in recent years and we expect this variety to become even more popular in the future. Sulfur sensitive. Selected by Elmer Swenson.

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Adalmiina aka E.S. 6-16-30

Not yet widely planted, this selection is hardy to around -30F and is early to ripen. Moderate vigor and an orderly trailing growth habit. Good disease resistance. Fruit chemistry is excellent for dry white wine production, producing around 22 brix and around 6-7 g/l acidity. Wine has very good body with a light floral and citrusy nose. Sometimes a bit astringent, this wine goes quite well with seafood and cream based dishes. Some say it is similar to French Muscadet. Potential for really nice sparkling wine too. Selected by Elmer Swenson.

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Seyval blanc (own rooted)

White wine. Hardy to about -15F, maybe colder. The compact clusters of Seyval blanc ripen late season developing refined aromas of citrus, stone fruit, and kiwi. This workhorse variety has been the backbone of cool climate grape growing for decades. Its versatility lends it to several wine styles from bone dry, to barrel aging, and semi sweet wines. While not for cold locations, this variety performs very well in coastal locations, the Hudson Valley and mid Atlantic, and though out milder locations in the central midwest.

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Osceola Muscat aka ES 8-2-43

Another relatively little known selection that is considered extremely hardy, to around -35F. It ripens quite early to 22-26 brix and less than 1% TA. Clusters are medium sized with small soft berries. Does not hold well on the vine and can be attacked easily by yellow jackets. Very upright, vinifera like growth habit that does best on Vertical Shoot Position. Good vigor. Golden fruit has a distinct muscat taste when fully ripe. This does not always translate into the wine though. Some wine samples have a true muscat aroma while other wines have been quite neutral aromatically. Lends itself to a dry white blend also. As it becomes more widely planted throughout the northern US as well as Quebec and the Eastern Provinces of Canada, we will all learn how to get the most out of this promising grape. Makes a delicious seeded table grape. Selected by Elmer Swenson. BR #2 ONLY (smaller vines) ARE AVAILABLE.

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Edelweiss

Hardy to about -20F, although has suffered injury on some sites at -15F. Widely adaptable, Edelweiss has long been a very popular choice for sweet, germanic style white wines in the midwest. The quality of the wines has earned it much acclaim, including The Best in Show white wine at the 2009 ICCWC. Grower reports in recent years have shown winter injury at relatively mild temperatures of -15F This may be due to a combination of factors including crop size, disease pressure, and drought stress, but it is important to know if considering planting in a cold spot. Trailing growth habit. Early bud break and early to ripen. Best harvested early, around 17 brix to minimize labrusca aromas that will develop if left on the vine. Makes a nice seeded table grape and juice grape too. Selected by Elmer Swenson.

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