La Crescent

Introduced in 2002 by the University of Minnesota, La Crescent is the result of crossing two selections developed by Elmer Swenson, a pioneering grape breeder who introduced a number of new cultivars that are hardy in the Upper Midwest.

Plant attributes include extreme cold hardiness (as low as -36°F), good vigor and production, and moderate resistance to many of the common fungal diseases. Grapes mature to a golden color on long, loosely bunched clusters in late summer. Harvesting occurs mid-season.

La Crescent produces Germanic-type wines reminiscent of Riesling. It is grown for its production of high-quality, good-structured, off-dry and sweet white wines with intense apricot, peach, and citrus aromas and flavors

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

Wines produced from this grape are available at these wineries.

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

Passport Program

 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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