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Marquette Grape

Item #137999, Bare-root.
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Makes wonderfully sophisticated reds. Wine writers have been waxing poetic about this variety for over a decade now because of its high sugar content and moderate acidity. This combination is capable of producing highly complex wines with a deep ruby color, exquisite tannins and flavors of blackberry, cherry, black pepper and allspice. The grapes are blue-black and gorgeous on the vines, which have a semi-upright habit and medium vigor. Developed by the University of Minnesota and introduced in 2006. Ripens early-to-mid September. Self-pollinating. May be covered by USPP #19,579 or other patents. ‘MN 1211’ cultivar.

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Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid-to-late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.5
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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 6' tall x 12" wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 6 - 8' apart to ensure room for growth.


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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Highly rated for my climatic conditions
Timothy B on Jan 30, 2021
ALBERT A on Dec 13, 2020
Highly rated for my climatic conditions
Timothy B on Jan 30, 2021
Think it will be a good addition for winemaking and hopefully more
Brent J on Jan 25, 2021
ALBERT A on Dec 13, 2020
To make wine
stephen p on May 21, 2020
I bought a grape plant from you last year and thought of adding two more.
Bibha T on May 19, 2020
Because of where I live. Marquette grapes do well here in Colorado.
William W on May 5, 2020
Wine making
Theresa H on Mar 30, 2020
Cold tolerance
Eric P on Mar 24, 2020
Retired, learning gardening to grow my own food. i bought this plant to increase my variety of foods.
Sam on Feb 16, 2020
black-blue grape. This grape should be very hardy being hybridized by the University of Minnesota. Springfield, Missouri will not get to minus 40 degrees so this grape should do very well here.
Floyd on Jan 6, 2020
Should be a good grape for wine making
STEPHEN W on Apr 2, 2019
Im in a zone 6 and need cold hardy grapes
Lonnie D on Apr 1, 2019
To make wine in Northern Illinois.
Dale on Mar 5, 2019
Think it will be a good addition for winemaking and hopefully more
Brent J on Jan 25, 2021
To make wine
stephen p on May 21, 2020
what is starkbors guarantee?
Randy S on Apr 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Since 1816, Stark Bro's has promised to please customers with the very best fruit trees and landscaping products, no matter what. It's just that simple. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, let us know within a year of delivery and we will send you a free one-time replacement or refund your full purchase price if you don't want a replacement. To receive your replacement or refund, please call 800.325.4180. This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.
I am considering planting a row of 12 of the Marquette about 4 feet above a row of Itasca on a South-facing slope. Soil is clay, but well draining. Will this plan result in hybridization and weakening of the 2 varieties?
Ken S on Feb 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: These two grapes are self pollinating and the fruits of the grapes will stay true. The seeds of the grapes may have some slight hybridization.
Is this a one year vine?
Christopher F on Jan 23, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The age and size information for our grapes is as follows: 4??? pot: 6-12 months old and 4??? tall bare root: 1 year old and 12-18??? tall. Our grapes will typically take 2-3 years after planting to reach maturity and bear fruit.
Are the Marquette grapes grafted? I had two of my new plants killed down to the ground,but shoots came up so the vine was not completely
dead. Am I getting growth from the graft or the rootstock? Foliage looks similar to other Marquette plants.
Glenn M on Aug 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Grapes are not grafted plants but from rooted cuttings so the new growth you see should be the variety you purchased.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Is the Marquette seedless?
Kath S on May 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This is not a seedless variety.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What size is the root ball? How tall are the plants on arrival? How old are the vines that I will receive?
Tylor M on Mar 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: they come bare root and are about 2 feet tall. I would guess they are a year or two old.
Put them in a grow tube as soon as you plant them and they should reach the top of the tube and beyond in the first year in the ground. Have a trellis for them to grab hold of when they reach the top of the grow tube.
Does this grape make a good merlot or cabernet?
Will R on May 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Will, Marquette is a grape, as is merlot. You make "Merlot" with merlot grapes. Wines are known by grape (mostly US thing), region (like in France - a Bordeaux is from the city/region of Bordeaux in France), or estate.

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Marquette Grape
This is my 2nd year with my Marquette vine and I am not sure it survived the winter yet. Last years growth was to establish the root system. Praying the MN cold winter wasn't too harsh for my vine!
May 23, 2019
over 2 years ago
Maquette grape
Can't say much about it, it is still the same size plant it was when I bought it- it did not grow that well...maybe this year
May 16, 2019
over 2 years ago