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For the first time, Missouri State University competed in a wine competition. Their first attempt to compete was fruitful. The University's 2005 Mountain Grove Cellar Port won a bronze metal at the 2007 Indy International Wine Competition. KSMU's Jana Greer reports.
There were entries from seventeen different countries and there were nearly thirty-three hundred different wines at the 2007 Indy International Wine Competition. This was Missouri State's first time entering an international wine competition since it began producing wine at its Mountain Grove research campus in 2004. The port from the campus won a bronze metal at the competition. Karl Wilker is the Associate Research Professor at the Mountain Grove campus. He explains what makes port different from other wines.
Port also has a higher percentage of alcohol and sugar. The university produces five wines, but Wilker says he would like to see the program grow.
Along with programs about grape growing and winemaking, the Mountain Grove Campus is home to Missouri State's Fruit Experiment Station that has plant science research programs and advisory programs in commercial fruit crops and public education.