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Economic Impact of Cold-Climate Grapes Hits $401 Million

March 03, 2014

Two University of Minnesota Extension researchers, professor William Gartner in the Department of Applied Economics, and Brigid Tuck, economic impact analyst for the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, conducted the economic contribution study as part of the USDA-funded Northern Grapes Project. Researchers, extension specialists and industry professionals from 13 states are part of this project, with the goal of addressing viticulture, enological, business management and marketing issues as they relate to growing cold-climate grapes and making wines from those varieties.