It has been our goal to select a variety of grapes well suited to the environment and the tasters palate. Combing these two has lead to a well-rounded selection of varieties both well known and others that we believe will break through into the market of Iowa grown grapes in the making of fine wines.
The varieties we have selected include the following:Br
Brianna: This very aromatic grape is used to impart lots of pinnaple and tropical notes to white wines.
Concord: This classic American grape is the basis of our popular Honeymoon wine.
Frontenac: This is a University of Minnesota hybrid grape that is very winter hardy. It has a very cherry aroma and is used as a component of our Half Moon Red.
Marchael Foch: We have 2 acres of this grape planted and it is a mainstay of most of our dry red wines. It is cold hardy and has good yields. Its fault is that it buds early and late frosts can damage the new shoots. We have sprinklers on about 1/2 of these grapes that protect against these late season frosts.
Niagara: This grape is the white concord that is the basis of our Moonbeam White wine.
Prairie Star: This is one of many varieties developed by an Elmer Swenson of Wisconsin. Elmer spent most of his life breeding cold hard grapes that are used extensively in the Midwest. This grape is a white one that is used mostly for blending.
Seyval Blanc: This French hybrid is a very versatile grape that can be used in a variety of white wines including our Prairie Sauterne.
St. Pepin: This hybrid is another Swenson grape that has a very aromatic nose. 2008 was the first season we had enough of this grape to blend in with wines.
Swenson Red: Another Swenson grape that is a pink but is used to make white wines.
Vidal Blanc: This grape is used to make both our Ice Wine and is used in the Prairie Sauterne. The claim to fame of this grape is that it mature late in the fall and it has a very thick skin. It therefore can be left on the vine until winter comes and not raisin-up. So we wait until late November of December and pick them for ice wine.
Marquette: This newer red hybrid from the University of Minnesota is a becoming more popular for dry red wines along with blush wines.
LaCresent: Another Minnesota cultivar that has huge tropical notes and firm acidity.