Grape Varietals of Miletta Vista Winery

Edelweiss
Itasca
St Croix
La Crescent
Cayuga
Marquette
Brianna
Brianna
Frontenac
Petite Pearl
LaCrosse
DeChaunac
Catawba
Seyval
Frontenac Gris
St Vincent

Edelweiss

Nebraska’s signature white grape, an American cold-hardy hybrid grape which makes a crisp, light bodied white wine with rich green apple, granny smith apple and pear flavors. Miletta Vista Winery as won numerous awards nationwide with our Edelweiss wines, Including: Gold, Double Gold, Best of Class, and Best of Show white wine awards.

Origin: Osceola, Wisconsin. Developed by Elmer Swenson, P. Pierquet, C. Stushnoff. Released in 1978 by Elmer Swenson and the University of Minnesota.

Pronounced: A-Del-Vise

Color: Pale Straw

Aroma: Pineapple when picked – Green Apple in the glass

Tastes Like: Crisp Green Apple, Granny Smith Apples or Pears

Wine Styles: Dry, Semi-Sweet, Sweet, Sparkling

Pairs With:


La Crescent

A popular American cold-hardy grape, with a a fruit-forward flavor of apricots and stone fruits. Some say it’s reminiscent of the cereal with a toucan on the label. The fruit has a high acidity, and is used to make our off-dry varietal wine La Crescent and our sweet/dessert Vacation. Look for a late-harvest wine in 2020.

Origin: A cross between St. Pepin and ES 6-8-25, both selections from the breeding program of Elmer Swenson. It has a complex lineage in which the French hybrid ‘Seyval Blanc’ and V. vinifera ‘Muscat Hamurg’ play a role.

Pronounced: Lah-Cress-Ant

Color: Moderate to deep gold

Aroma: Stone Fruits, Apricots, Floral

Tastes Like: Crisp Green Apple, Granny Smith Apples or Pears

Wine Styles: Dry, Semi-Sweet, Sweet, Dessert

Pairs With: Blackened Fish with Mango Salsa


Brianna – A fruity white wine grape derived from Seyval and Saint-Pepin, but more cold hardy. Produced by Cornell University. Flavors of white grapefruit, grapefruit zest, citrus, and spice.

Pronounced:   Bree-Ah-Na
Color:               Pale Straw
Aroma:            Citrus, White Grape Fruit, Zest, Pear, Apricot, Muscat-Like
Tastes Like:     Passion Fruit, Star Fruit, Mango
Wine Styles:    Dry, Semi-Sweet
Pairs With:      Fried Zucchini flowers, Crumbed Chicken Milanesa, Creamy Curry with Prawn

https://www.foodandwine.com/travel/grape-named-brianna

LaCrosse – A fruity white wine grape derived from Seyval and Saint-Pepin. Flavors of white grapefruit, grapefruit zest, citrus and spice. Makes a nice dry white wine and is used as a blender in Cougarliscious and Seyval.

Pronounced:   Lah-Cross
Color:                Golden to Amber color
Aroma:             Pear, Apricot, slightly Muscat to citrus and floral
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Wine Styles:
Pairs With:       Macaroni & Cheese, Grilled Chicken with creamy sauce, BBQ Pork Ramen

The grapes also make a good seeded table grape for eating. It has the benefits of early ripening and when hardened properly in the fall it is winter hardy to at least -25ยบ F. As such it is best suited to growing in more northern climates. LaCrosse was produced and patented by Elmer Swenson around 1970. It is a hybrid of Seyval crossed to a cross of Minnesota 78 by Seibel 1000 (aka Rosette). To clarify the parentage of LaCrosse:

Minnesota 78 is recorded as a cross of Beta By Witt, however many have disputed this pedigree based its characteristics, and Elmer Swenson speculated that the pollen