Frontenac Grapes

Frontenac Grapes

Another of the cold hardy varieties developed by the University of Minnesota, Frontenac is a cross between an American riparia vine and the French hybrid Landot 4511. Introduced in 1966, it has been a solid performer, bearing a full crop after temperatures as low as -33ºF. Like Marquette, it is very disease resistant. Frontenac is a consistently heavy producer, with small, black berries in medium to large clusters and has been widely planted throughout New England, the Midwest, and Quebec. A small plot of Frontenac were the first vines planted at Mad River Vineyard.

Frontenac's deep garnet color complements its distinctive cherry aroma and blackberry, black currant, and plum flavors. This versatile grape can be made into a variety of wine styles, including rosé, red, and port.