Frontenac gris, the white wine version of Frontenac, started as a single bud mutation yielding gray (thus named gris) fruit and amber-colored juice. The vine exhibits the same optimum growth characteristics as Frontenac, and requires the same cultural practices. Arching canes and minimal tendrils provide easy training and pruning to simplify vine management. In Minnesota, Frontenac and Frontenac gris ripen in late mid-season, and are good sugar producers with 24-25° Brix not uncommon.
Frontenac gris wines present aromas of peach and apricot with hints of enticing citrus and tropical fruit. A brilliant balance of fruit and acidity creates lively, refreshing wines. Unique and complex flavors make this an excellent grape for table, dessert, and ice wines.
Propagation of Frontenac gris has increased rapidly since its introduction in 2003. Please contact your favorite nursery. Or, visit our licensed nurseries list for a supplier who would be happy to help you.
If you wish to asexually propagate Frontenac gris grape vines in the United States or Canada, even if you propagate only one vine, then your require a license from the University of Minnesota. You can easily obtain an express license for your vineyard or nursery operation by visiting the University's licensing page.