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Minn. winery uses homegrown grapes

RICHWOOD, Minn. (AP) -- Owners of a small Minnesota winery that celebrated Bottling Days earlier this month say state-grown grapes have never been better.

Richwood Winery is about 10 miles north of Detroit Lakes, a northwestern Minnesota summer hotspot, and 50 miles east of Moorhead and Fargo, N.D., a metropolitan area of about 200,000 people. It is one of about 40 wineries in the state.

All but two of Richwood's nine wines are made with Minnesota fruit. Winery owners said they used to have to search to fill their orders of Minnesota grapes, but now there are so many producers, farmers are coming to them.

The University of Minnesota developed the state's first grape variety, Frontenac, in 1996. The most recent variety and perhaps most critically acclaimed is Marquette, first grown commercially in 2006.