Developed by the University of Minnesota, Marquette is a cousin of Frontenac and grandson of Pinot Noir. It originated from a cross of MN 1094, a complex hybrid of Vitis riparia, Vitis vinifera, and other Vitis species, with Ravat 262.

Like Frontenac, Marquette is immune to downy mildew and powdery mildew. It is also fairly resistant to black rot.

Marquette grapes are high in sugar content and moderately acidic. They are used in red wines, often complex in flavor, with an attractive ruby color, pronounced tannins, and notes of cherry, berry, black pepper, and spice on both nose and palate.