Frontenac Gris

Introduced in 2003 by the University of Minnesota, this cultivar produces a quality white wine that is the counterpart to Frontenac. Frontenac Gris was the result of cultivating a mutated “sport” – a randomly mutated bud found on a Frontenac vine - that yielded gray (“gris”) fruit and amber-colored juice. Frontenac Gris vines show the same good levels of disease resistance, vigor, and productivity as Frontenac. Frontenac Gris also produces grapes with high sugar levels and acidity. Grapes are harvested mid-to-late season. Wines produced from this cultivar can make lively, refreshing table, dessert, and ice wines with aromas of pineapple, apricot, peach, and citrus


Wines produced from this grape are available at these wineries.

  • Eagles Landing Winery
  • Farm House 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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