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Grapes-WineGrapes-Frontenac-imageFrontenac reflects the best characteristics of its parents, V. riparia 89 and the French hybrid Landot 4511. This vine has borne a full crop after temperatures as low as -33ºF when properly cared for. It's very disease resistant, with near-immunity to downy mildew. Frontenac is a consistently heavy producer, with small, black berries in medium to large clusters.

Wine Profile

Frontenac's deep garnet color complements its distinctive cherry aroma and inviting palate of blackberry, black currant, and plum. This versatile grape can be made into a variety of wine styles, including rosé, red, and port.


Frontenac is now being widely planted throughout the Midwest, New England, and Quebec. We believe Frontenac grape vines will be readily available. Please contact your favorite nursery or visit our licensed nurseries list for a supplier who would be happy to help you.

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