Marquette Grapes

Marquette Grapes

Developed by the University of Minnesota from a 1989 cross, Marquette has proven to be an outstanding vine, capable of producing fine wines and withstanding Vermont's winters. It was derived from a complex parentage, including the French-hybrid cultivar Ravat 262 which has the renowned variety Pinot Noir as one parent, and MN 1094, a cross of V. riparia, V. vinifera, and other Vitis species, as the other. Marquette has been consistently hardy in well-managed vineyards on good sites in USDA Zone 4 and offers good resistance to a variety of common grape diseases. It became commercially available in 2007. Mad River Vineyard was among the first vineyards in Vermont to plant the hybrid.

A complex red wine, Marquette resembles traditional French red wines more so than some of the existing hybrid cultivars. Although it exhibits the cherry and black currant flavors and aromas typical of many hybrids, also offers integrated notes of blackberries, pepper plum, tobacco, leather, and spice.