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Why a Cold Climate Wine Competition?
While there are dozens of wine competitions around the United States, there is no competition devoted to the promotion of quality wines made exclusively from cold hardy grape cultivars. That changed in 2009 when the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, in conjunction with the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Wineries Association sponsored the First Annual Cold Climate Wine Competition.
What kinds of wine can be entered in this competition?
There are 31 different competition categories, including Native Grape, French & American Hybrids, Sparkling, Specialty & Fortified and Non-Grape. Only commercially available wines (minimum production of 20 cases) are eligible. Wine grapes varieties generally found to be hardy without winter protection in USDA zone 4 are:
What are the awards given?
Medal winning, Best of, and the Governor's Cup Award winning wine bottles will be on display at the Minnesota State Fair in the AG-HORT building August 21 - September 1, 2014.
Where is the competition held?
The competition is held at the Continuing Education Conference Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.
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