Grapes are the highest-value fruit crop grown in the United States and researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, University of Maryland, and other land-grant universities
are evaluating and improving grapes across the United States. Over 70 percent of the grapes grown are used in wine. As wine grape production expands to new areas in the country, growers need grape varieties suited to their specific growing conditions. Wine producers are also interested in new varieties they can use to create new wines and expand sales.
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