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“Itasca” is the newest member of the U of M’s cold-hardy wine grape family. The new grape, which will be used to make dry white wines, has lower acidity and high sugar levels, coupled with high resistance to common grape diseases and pests, says grape breeder Matt Clark. Itasca produces a wine that is light yellow to straw-colored and has aromas of pear, quince, violet, melon, minerals, and subtle honey notes. It will be available from licensed nurseries in 2017.

Itasca wine grape