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Louise Swenson

The white grape variety (also ES 4.8.33) is an interspecific new breeding between Elmer Swenson 2.3.17 x Kay Gray. It contains genes from Vitis lincecumii, Vitis labrusca, Vitis riparia, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was crossed in the USA in 1980 by Elmer Swenson (1913-2004) on his farm near Osceola in Wisconsin. The early to medium ripening vine is resistant to frost down to minus 33 °Celsius and generally good against many vine diseases, but sensitive to drought. It produces light alcohol, floral white wines of moderate acidity with flavours of honey and pears and is also used as table grape. The variety is grown in the US states of Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (3 ha), as well as in Canada (2 yes). In 2016, five hectares of vineyard were designated (Kym Anderson).

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