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La Crescent

The white grape variety (also MN 1166) is an interspecific new variety between St. Pepin x Elmer Swenson 6-8-25 (Riparia x Muscat d'Hamburg). It was named after the city of the same name in Minnesota. It contains genes from Vitis aestivalis, Vitis labrusca, Vitis lincecumii, Vitis riparia, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was crossed in 1988 by Peter Hemstad and James Luby at the University of Minnesota. Plant variety protection was granted in 2002. The vine, which ripens early to medium and is frost hardy down to minus 38 °Celsius, is moderately susceptible to black rot and powdery mildew. It produces acid and alcohol-rich white wines with aromas of citrus fruits, apricots and peaches, which are mainly used for blending. The variety is grown on 89 hectares in the US states of Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Minnesota, and on 4 hectares in Canada. In 2016, a total of 94 hectares of vineyard area were designated (statistics Kym Anderson).

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