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Description

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.

Characteristics

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
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Pollination

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!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow grape vines in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Already had Concord grapes for 20 yrs ???Wanted different flavored grapes that would do well in my area
Patricia F H on Mar 15, 2020
I thought it was wine
Deb S on Mar 4, 2020
Already had Concord grapes for 20 yrs ???Wanted different flavored grapes that would do well in my area
Patricia F H on Mar 15, 2020
Replace some grape plants
Kathleen J on Mar 7, 2020
I thought it was wine
Deb S on Mar 4, 2020
I chose for resemblance of Pinot Gris as well as Zone 6A cold hardiness. I have Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonell and the Sauvignon Blanc are not doing well in this climate.
Vincent F on Jun 11, 2019
I???m looking for a variety of grapes for home winemaking as we???ll as good eating.
Kathryn Y on May 13, 2019
To make wine in Northern Illinois
Dale B on Mar 5, 2019
Because of the hardiness to -50
Anne G on Feb 9, 2019
Replace some grape plants
Kathleen J on Mar 7, 2020
I chose for resemblance of Pinot Gris as well as Zone 6A cold hardiness. I have Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonell and the Sauvignon Blanc are not doing well in this climate.
Vincent F on Jun 11, 2019
How long does it take to see growth? I ordered the Frontenac Gris along with Itasca grapes. After planting, the Itasca started breaking their buds within two weeks and continue to show daily growth. Four weeks later I am still waiting on the Frontenac Gris to break their buds (although they look like they want to. Is it normal for this variety to take so long? I was a bit nervous about them when planting as the root structure was very limited compared to the Itasca, and am really hoping they pull through.
David G on May 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Typically we say allow 4-6 weeks to wake up as all plants are different and some can be slow to break dormancy. I advise if it has not, to do a small scratch test on the vine to reveal a green, white or yellow cambium this is healthy and allow it some additional time. If its brown please contact customer support for a replacement or refund.

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