Grape Vines

La Crescent, Frontenac (aka Frontenac noir), Frontenac gris, Marquette, and Itasca grapes are all wine grapes developed by the University of Minnesota.

La Crescent, Frontenac gris, Marquette, and Itasca grape vines are protected by United States Plant Patents or Plant Variety Rights in other countries. Propagation of these vines without a license is prohibited, even if you want to propagate only one vine.

Propagation reporting for Frontenac grape is managed through cooperation with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). Fees of $0.25 per plant are collected to help fund plant breeding efforts at the University of Minnesota, and foster the development of successful new plant introductions.

  • If you are interested in obtaining a license to grow La Crescent, Frontenac gris, Marquette or Itasca grape vines please contact Office for Technology Commercialization via our licensing page.
  • If are you interested in propagating Frontenac grapes please support University research through the MNRC by contacting Doug Danielsen, Secretary-Treasurer, MNRC, by email at
  • If you own a vineyard and would like to place a large quantity order, please contact one of the Licensed Wholesale Nurseries listed below.
  • If you are a gardener or consumer looking for a small number of grape vines, please contact one of the listed Licensed Retail Nurseries, your favorite local garden center, or check the U of M Plant Information Database for a list of retail nurseries carrying the specific variety.