The newest grape from the U of MN breeding program. Itasca has proven itself to be among the hardiest cultivated grapes known, even surpassing Frontenac and Marquette in cold hardiness. Very vigorous growth, slightly more than Frontenac. Very productive. With aromas of apple, pear, and violet and lower acidity, this selection is very well suited to making dry white wines and sparkling wines. Some very nice off dry wines have also been produced. Also good as a fresh eating grape or for juice and jellies.