Frontenac Gris Grape

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Stunning peach-pink wine. Frontenac Gris is a bud mutation of the deep purple Frontenac, with all of its outstanding characteristics except the dark skin. Winemakers generally cold-press these pinkish-gray grapes to make a very beautiful wine that has aromas of peach, apricot and tropical fruit. A versatile, balanced sugar-to-acid grape which can be used for both sweet and dry wines; comparable to Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. Semi-trailing vines are very vigorous, with strong disease-resistance. Cold-hardy to -30ºF. Developed by the University of Minnesota and introduced in 2003. Ripens in early September. Self-pollinating. May be covered by USPP #16,478 or other patents. ‘MN1187’ cultivar.

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Fruit Color Gray
Fruit Size Small
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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