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.