Introduced in 1996, this cultivar is the product of a University of Minnesota cross of a French-American hybrid and the North American native grapevine Vitis riparia. Frontenac has good cold-hardiness to around -30°F. This cultivar also shows good vigor, a productive nature, and is generally resistant to many of the common fungal diseases. Grapes are harvested mid-to-late season; they are often allowed to hang on the vine for a period of time to develop their full flavors. Ripe Frontenac grapes have high sugar levels and acidity. They can produce excellent red wines that are often deeply colored, have a distinctive cherry aroma, and pleasing plum and berry flavors.


Click here to view the commercial we produced for the Frontenac grape.

Wines produced from this grape are available at these wineries.

  • Eagles Landing Winery
  • Farm House Winery
  • Park Farm Winery
  • TYCOGA Winery
  • Winneshiek Wildberry Winery

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 Our passport program allows visitors to earn a wine glass once they have visited and received stamps from each of the member wineries.

No purchase is necessary and completed passports may be turned in at any time.

The passport is incorporated into our brochure and is available at any of the participating wineries and can be stamped any day other than the day of an Iowa Wine Trail Event.

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