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The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Jenny Thull, University of Minnesota Horticulture Research Center vineyard manager, picks grapes rich in color at the Universitys vineyard in Excelsior, Oct. 1. Jenny and her husband, John Thull, also a vineyard manager, oversee the schools grape breeding programs 11 acres of research vineyards.

UMN takes lead in breeding nation’s wine grapes

by Jessie Bekker
Published December 4, 2015

One out of 10,000 vines fruits a cotton-candy-flavored grape.Another produces a grape with a pineapple tang, and a certain dud vaguely tastes of green bell pepper.Through years of testing, hands-on labor...