New in vineyards and nurseries across the country, the fifth cold-hardy grape to be released from the Minnesota grape breeding program. Golden-yellow berry with low acid, high sugar and high resistance to common grape diseases. Breaks bud early, ready to harvest early. Makes a nice dry Sauvignon Blanc–style wine with what grower Andy Farmer described as “apple melon quince violet” flavors with pear as the top floral note. Also fine for fresh use: our grower said Welch’s has begun planting Itasca for juice production. Vigorous upright vines have survived –38°. Z4. (well-rooted vines)
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