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With blistering summers, bitterly cold winters, persistent humidity and mildew problems, as well as deadly 2,4-D spray, it’s a wonder that anyone considers growing grapes in Nebraska. Prohibition erased almost all of the state’s 5,000 acres under vine, and by the start of the 1990s, fewer than 10 acres remained. Nebraska’s oldest existing winery only began in 1994, although growth has been rapid and more than 20 others have opened since. These wineries are spread across the state, from the sandy hills of western Nebraska to the rolling hills and rivers of the southeast. These small producers sell most of their product at the farm gate to vineyard visitors. Many foresee great economic spinoffs, resulting from an increase in wine-related tourism. The industry is very progressive, with an active Nebraska Winery and Grape Grower Association and a viticulture program at the University of Nebraska. These bodies have conducted grape growers’ educational forums since 1998, growing from 40 participants Read more »

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  • Traminette

    This white wine-producing hybrid, a cross of Gewurztraminer and Joannes Seyve 23-416, produces excellent quality wine...

  • St. Croix

    St. Croix grapes produce medium to full bodied, dry, deep red wines with low tannins, good fruity aromas, and have cu...

  • Seyval Blanc

    Well suited to cool climates, this popular French-American hybrid is the second most planted vine in England, behind ...

  • Edelweiss

    Created by Elmer Swenson, this white grape is derived from an Ontario x MN 78 cross. Edelwiess is disease resistant a...

  • Frontenac

    Frontenac’s overall viticultural performance and excellent wine quality are directly responsible for its success in M...

  • Vignoles

    Popular in northeastern and midwest regions of America, this white wine-producing hybrid produces an excellent desser...

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