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.
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Wines produced from this grape are available at these wineries.
- Eagles Landing Winery
- Engelbrecht Family Winery
- Park Farm Winery
- Tycoga Winery
- Winneshiek Wildberry Winery
- Wide River Winery