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Marquette is a cousin of Frontenac and grandson of Pinot noir. It originated from a cross of MN 1094, a complex hybrid of V. riparia, V. vinifera, and other Vitis species, with Ravat 262. Viticulturally, Marquette is outstanding. Resistance to downy mildew, powdery mildew, and black rot has been very good. Its open, orderly growth habit makes vine canopy management efficient.

Wine Profile

Marquette's high sugar and moderate acidity make it very manageable in the winery. Finished wines are complex, with attractive ruby color, pronounced tannins, and desirable notes of cherry, berry, black pepper, and spice on both nose and palate. As a red wine, Marquette represents a new standard in cold hardy viticulture and enology.


Three Oak Vineyards is moving towards a fall of 2013 date to harvest the first grape crop. We are excited about growing Frontenac Gris and Marquette, two excellent University of Minnesota wine varieties in our vineyard. Our superior soil type and location will produce an excellent wine grape.

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We will market our grape varieties through our private wines and selling grapes to wineries that are looking for our varieties. Contact us for more information about future grape sales.