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.

Read the August issue of Northern Grapes News

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In this Issue:
-Does Production Region Matter?
-NGP Team Profile: Mike White.
-NGP Team Profile: Paul Read.
-I Have Galls in my Vineyard: Should I Call my Nursery?
-Cold Climate Wine Quality Assurance Program. 

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Read the July issue of News You Can Use:
Grapevine Nutrition

iron chlorisisGrowers of cold-hardy grape cultivars are currently relying on mineral nutrition and soil management practices developed for Vitis vinifera or V. labrusca. Therefore, Carl Rosen and James Crants at the University of Minnesota are leading the effort to develop this information specifically for cold-hardy grape cultivars. Soil and tissue samples, as well as yield data (including juice chemistry analysis) are being collected in 15 sites in IA, MN, NY, ND, and SD, focusing on Marquette, Frontenac, and La Crescent.

This issue of News You Can Use contains links to a webinar and a newsletter article that cover the basics of soil fertility and appropriate methods for collecting soil and tissue samples, as well as interpretation of the results.

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Read the Year 3 Northern Grapes Project Progress Report

Year 3 Northern Grapes Project Progress Report Page 1 photoThe Northern Grapes Project officially started in September 2011; we initially received two years of funding, and after a “gap year” in funds in Year 3 due to a delay in the farm bill, we were successful in our reapplication, and received two additional years of funds for September 2014 through September 2016. As Year 3 (the year included in this report) was a gap year in funds, the Northern Grapes Project was operating at a somewhat reduced capacity, but team members still moved forward with research and outreach with funds derived from other sources, such as state speciality crop block grants, or from the no-cost extension granted by the USDA. Vineyard studies continued as planned in most locations, despite the extreme low temperatures associated with the polar vortex in the winter of 2013/14 that caused extensive damage to vines in some locations. Winemaking trials were conducted as availability of fruit allowed. The marketing and economics team continued branding and consumer research. In the third year of the project alone, our extensive outreach efforts reached an estimated audience of 5,500 via numerous outlets, including the Northern Grapes Symposium, our capstone event of the year. The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series, likely the most visible of the outreach products, had a live audience of approximately 600 at the 12 live sessions, and thousands of views of the recorded webinars.

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