The Northern Grapes Project was funded in 2011 by the USDA NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative.  The emergence of cold hardy, Vitis riparia-based wine grape cultivars in the 1990s created a new and rapidly expanding industry of small vineyard and winery enterprises in more than 12 states in New England, northern New York, and the Upper Midwest, boosting rural economies in those regions.  Read more.

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The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series

A recording of the March Webinar is now available here.

For more information on Paolo Sabbatini’s presentation please see the recent paper “Impact of spring freeze on yield, vine performance and fruit quality of Vitis interspecific hybrid Marquette

Announcing the April Webinar:

“Put a cork in it? An update on wine closures.”





Anna Katharine Mansfield
Cornell University

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central)

7:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Central)

With Anna Katharine Mansfield

Once you’ve bottled your wine and shipped it out to the world, its only defense against spoilage is a sound closure- and there are so many closures to choose from! Picking the right one for your wine is key to knowing that your consumers will get to taste your wine in optimal condition. This webinar with Anna Katharine Mansfield, associate professor of enology at Cornell University, will cover the multitude of closures available, and the strengths and weaknesses of each.

We thank the following organizations and businesses for their support of the Northern Grapes Webinar Series:

Grower Association Sponsors:

IA wine growers


IL wine



CAVE CAVE profile

michiganct wine trail


Southern MN_crop

Industry Gold Sponsors:

Double AAgro K

Bevens Creek

Mariposa Fields Vineyard

Industry Silver Sponsors:

Scott Lab

Summaries are now available online from baseline (2012) and end-of-project (2016) surveys. Please see these links for NGP economic reports by University of Minnesota Extension:

Economic Contribution of Vineyards and Wineries of the North, 2015
Wineries of the North
Vineyards and Grapes of the North

Read the December issue of Northern Grapes News

Northern Grapes News (December 2016)In this Issue:

-Donors Contribute $14,750 to Support the Northern Grapes Project (Alex Koeberle and Tim Martinson)
-Lessons Learned: Northern Grapes Baseline and Economic Impact Study (Brigid Tuck)
-How Northern Grapes Vineyards and Wineries have Changed from 2011-2015 (Table)
-NGP Team Profile: Brigid Tuck (Brigid Tuck and Alex Koeberle)
-Vineyard Practices: Insights from the 2012 and 2016 Northern Grapes Surveys (Tim Martinson)

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