Missouri Grape Importation and Certification Program
The Missouri Grape Importation and Certification Program began in 1993 when a
federal quarantine permit for grapes was issued to the State Fruit Experiment
Station. The need for new grape cultivars, particularly red, adapted to Missouri conditions
with good wine quality, disease resistance, and cold hardiness is the reason for
this project. Selections, mostly from Eastern Europe, go into quarantine for
two years and undergo extensive testing for the presence of viral pathogens
before being released for field trials. Selections must then be propagated
in the research vineyard at the State Fruit Experiment Station and two other
commercial vineyard sites in Missouri. Eight U. S. regional test sites
were selected for trials in 1998. Viticultural and wine quality
characteristics of the selections are evaluated. Dr. Wenping Qiu
directs the program and John Avery is the
plant propagation specialist.
More about grapevine importation.
More about grapevine certification.