Friday, September 9, 2011

Buy MN Grapes! Make MN Wine!

A quick shout to the Minnesota Grape Growers Association listserv yielded the following grape growers who sell to hobbyist winemakers in smaller amounts. Just in time for harvest! Please contact the growers in advance to make harvesting or pick-up arrangements, and to get more specifics on availability and harvest times. Go make wine!

Learn more about the varieties here:

Windy Acres Vineyard
5955 118th Ave NW
Byron, MN 55920
Contact: Ward
Marquette, Frontenac Gris and Prairie Star

Ponds and Pines Vineyard
12 mi north of St Croix Falls WI,
Contact: Tom
Marechal Foch, Frontenac and St Croix

Morristown Vineyard
Morristown MN
45 miles south of the MSP airport
Contact: Jim
Marquette, Brianna, petite pearl, edelweiss

Wisp O Willow Orchard
Stacy MN
Contact: Paul Anderson
Significant amounts of King of the North, Bluebell and Chontay- 400 to 1000 lbs each.
Lesser amounts of Frontenac, Valliant, Kay Gray and Edelweiss 100 to 400 lbs each.

Dancing Loons Vineyard
Underwood-Battle lake area
Contact: Bryan
218 826 6258
Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Marquette, Prairie Star, St. Pepin and Concord

French Lake Vineyard
Dayton, MN
Contact: Fred or Fey
Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, King of the North, Bluebell, and Somerset Seedless.

Next Chapter Vineyards
South of New Prague
Contact: Timothy
Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris and La Crescent

Prairie Fire Vineyards,
12631 212th Avenue NE
New London, MN 56273
Contact: Duane or Michelle
320.444.5355 cell
Frontenac and Frontenac Gris

Prairie Haven Gardens and Vineyard, LLC
5 miles east of Hudson, WI.
Contact: Melanie

Cherib Vineyard
Near LaCrescent, MN
Contact: John
Pick your own in 100# lots.
Marquette, Frontenac, St. Croix, Frontenac Gris, LaCrescent, LaCrosse, Brianna, and Edelweiss.

Hidden Hollow Vineyard & Nursery
5273 Elmore Ave.
Webster, MN
Contact: Kori
Frontenac, Edelweiss

Domaine Da Vine Vineyard and Orchard
20 miles south of Prescott,WI or 45 miles SE of the Twin Cities
670Th Street Bay City,WI
Contact: Paula or Jeff
St. Croix, Marechal Foch,Bluebell,Kay Gray,Frontenac,St.Pepin,Sabrevious,Prairie Star
complementary use of press for purchased fruit.

CR Vineyard
Chippewa Falls, WI.54729
Contact: Cathy & Randy Feuling
Currently has 200# of Frontenac Gris available

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Annual Fall Tour of the University of Minnesota's grape breeding program

From the UofM:

The annual Fall Tour of the University of Minnesota's grape breeding program will be held on Saturday, September 10th from 10am-1pm. Admission is free and it is open to the public. We will meet at the Horticultural Research Center (HRC) about a mile and a half west of the Arboretum on Highway 5. (The address is 600 Arboretum Blvd., Excelsior, MN.) The event will begin with a discussion and tasting of several dozen grape varieties and breeding selections from the U of M's grape breeding program. After that, we will break into groups and tour some of the research vineyards.

The event will conclude with a tour of the research winery and a small sampling of experimental wines. This is a great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the University's grape breeding and enology projects and learn more about the various grape varieties that can be grown in our area. We will also take a look at several different trellising systems and discuss their suitability for Minnesota vineyards.