Visit our grape research page! We are testing many grape varieties from around the world. These vines are put through the tests to determine cold hardiness, disease resistance, and potential for quality wine. Many are in our wine grape breeding program. The vines must be able to handle -20F winters and fully ripen the grapes by mid September!
In the spring of 2010, 2011, and 2012 we planted many cold hardy French Hybrid and Eastern European grapes. In the spring of 2013 we added some cold hardy vines focusing on dry white wines and sparlking wines! We are keeping our fingers crossed as the winter months approach! If they can handle the cold they will be added to the breeding program or made commercially available.
We are also testing many root stocks to match the vines to various soil types. Hopefully this will lead us to higher yields and high quality fruit!