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.
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.
Marquette was officially introduced in 2006. Marquette vines are in very high demand and short supply. It would be wise to plan ahead and place your order for future years. 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 Marquette 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.