44 Live: St. Pepin Survives
May. 10, 2017
The St. Pepin grape returns year after year. This grape prevails through extreme summers, harsh winters and tests of time. Elmer Swenson, a grape breeder from northern Wisconsin, discovered St. Pepin in the 1970’s and used it as a table grape. Through years of experiments, it was found to be quite a tasty wine grape.
The difference between St. Pepin and most grape vines is that it’s a pistillate. Most vines are able to self pollinate and regulate growth, while St. Pepin requires a cross breed similar to its own in order to pollinate. A field full of only St. Pepin would give you no St. Pepin.
Many wineries across the midwest use St. Pepin as a base for blending other wines. Blue Moon is a true Wisconsin wine that embodies the geography, climate and history that grape growing offers - made from 100% St. Pepin.