The American vine grower Elmer Swenson (1913-2004) took over his grandfather's business at Osceola in the US state Wisconsin, He was created by the work of the Texas botanist Thomas Volney Munson (1843-1913) inspired and began growing vines here from 1943.
For this he used French as a basis, among other things hybrids of Seibel, One of his main breeding goals was against frost create hardy varieties that are suitable for the cold and harsh winters and for the relatively short ripening times in the northwestern United States, especially in Minnesota and Wisconsin were suitable. From 1979 to 1989 he also worked at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), where he also had several new varieties created. The others came from his Wisconsin facility.
He created around 30 new varieties, among others Adalmiina. Brianna. Delisle. edelweiss. Espirit. La Crosse. Louise Swenson. Muscat Swenson. Pionnier. Prairie Star. Sabrevois. St. Croix. St. Pepin. Swenson Red and Swenson White, Due to his readings he received the honorary title "The Godfather of Midwest Winemaking". See also under Viticulture personalities,