Flying Otter Vineyard grows grapes that are specifically adapted to cold weather climates.
We planted three varieties of grapes in our first year.
The following grapes were planted at the Flying Otter Vineyard May 20-23, 2006
In 2007 we added only one variety to the vineyard. 25 plants of Marquette were planted May 26, 2007.
We removed Marechal Foch. The vines continue to have winter damage and those vines that survive the winter are susceptible to early frost damage due to early bud break. We replaced the Foch with more Marquette. We removed the Traminette. The vines continue to have winter damage. After three years half of the vines were still starting over from the ground. The row of Traminette was replaced with another row of St. Pepin.
We planted a couple of experimental rows of a new hybrid variety, Petite Pearl. We added Norton, Frontenac Blanc and expanded our planting of Marquette.
We planted Lemberger (Blaufrankisch). This is an experimental planting to see if this vinifera variety is hardy enough for our vineyard.
We planted several additional rows of Marquette, St. Pepin, and Briana. We expanded last years planting of Norton.