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Itasca Grape

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A grower-friendly grape vine. Itasca is the latest cold-hardy grape to come from the University of Minnesota breeding program. Itasca produces a dry white wine that is light yellow to straw in color, and has aromas of pear, quince, violet, melon, minerals along with faint notes of honey. Because of its lower acidity and higher sugar levels, this is an excellent choice for a sweeter wine style. The fruit is a beautiful, glowing golden hue when ripe. High resistance to powdery and downy mildew as well as phylloxera, so it requires less spraying. Cold-hardy. Developed by the University of Minnesota and introduced in 2017. Ripens mid-to-late September. Self-pollinating. ‘MN 1285’ cultivar.


Fruit Color White
Fruit Size Small
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid-september
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.5
Taste Full Flavored
Texture Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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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.


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.


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What is the habit of the Itasca grape? Upright vs procumbent? Thanks -
adrienne r on Jul 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Itasca has an upright growth habit.
Are these seeded or seedless grapes? And do they have a crunch?
Cierra B on Dec 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is much more a wine grape than a table grape and would not not have the "crunch" you're after. If you want a "crunchy" grape that's seedless, we highly recommend Neptune, which is also disease-resistant and resist cracking. //

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Growing Itasca Grapes
I first purchased Itasca for the 2018 season. It grew well, but suffered winter kill. It was immediately replaced in 2019 by Stark and is presently growing quite well. I am very happy with the replacement policy.
May 28, 2019
1 year ago