MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A southern Minnesota winery is bottling a new and hardier wine, thanks to work from the University of Minnesota.

Indian Island in Janesville has been growing grapes that tolerate our cold winters. They have been cross-pollinating regular wine grapes with wild grapes that already grow in our state.

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Indian Island winemaker Angie Netzke says the grapes produce a dryer, table wine.

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“The aromas that I get out of our Itasca Wine are a lot of pear and some grapefruit and citrus, very nice and refreshing for summertime,” Netzke said. “We did finish ours a little bit sweeter then I think we could have, but it’s going to be great and refreshing.”

Indian Island has made about 600 bottles of the new “Itasca Wine,” which are for sale.

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The University of Minnesota expects more vineyards to start using these cold weather grapes over the next few years.