A Review of Cold Climate Grape Cultivars
Lisa Ann Smiley, Paul Domoto, Gail Nonnecke, Dept. of Horticulture
W. Wade Miller, Dept. of Agricultural Education and Studies
Iowa State Universityz
In recent years there has been an increasing interest in growing grapes in the upper Midwest and other cold climate regions of North America. One of the problems growers face in these regions is selecting cultivars (cultivated varieties) that will withstand our severe winters, mature during short growing seasons, and be productive. As grape acreage increases in cold climate regions, too often cultivar selections are being made based upon testimonial or anecdotal information. With the high costs of vineyard establishment, there is an increasing need for a standard reference to assist growers in selecting the best adapted cultivars. When selecting grape cultivars to grow, one must consider the characteristics of the fruit as well as the vine. The vines have to be adapted to local growing conditions and the fruit must meet fresh or processing market requirements.