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Varietal Character

You are all part of a band of native and French-American crosses that could easily be called the ‘Polar Bear Gang’. A lot of you are from Minnesota, and you’ve been bred to be tough and hardy. Many of your parents were imprisoned in labs for so long that they go by their identification numbers, rather than their names. Frontenac, otherwise known as the ‘heavy producer’, is the latest to join your gang. People of the northern states are glad that you now control the flow of wine. In the frigid northern winters, weak-limbed vines all too often never deliver.

Appellations Growing Bluebell Grapes

Appellations producing the most Bluebell wines:

Bluebell Grape Details


Bluebell is a cold-hardy grape created by the University of Minnesota. It produces small, blue skinned grapes that ripen in a relative short growing season. Its true value, is as a cold hearty grape cultivar making it ideally suited to the frigid conditions of the Upper Midwest states.