Midwest Veraison by Dileep Gangolli

The Argument for Cold Climate Hybrids

Cold climate hybrid varietals are still not accepted in urban wine consumer markets. The great grape growing regions of the world do not focus on making wine from them since the temperatures do not require them to do so. Also, these grapes do not give the full spectrum of wine experience (primarily taste and aroma profiles) that vinifera grapes provide. So why bother? Here's why! The climate is changing and here in the Midwest we are experiencing some extreme cold weather that will damage the vinifera root stock in the states of MI, IN, and IL. Adding to the damage that was caused during the polar vortexes of 2013 and 2014, farmers and growers will have to take into consideration how extreme

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