WHERE DID THAT GRAPE COME FROM?

 

SEYVAL BLANC

 
Seibel 556 x Seibel 4986

A French-American hybrid grape that can make high quality white wines of various styles.  Crisp, fruity and dry – similar to French Chablis in aroma and taste.

FRONTENAC GRIS


Inter specific hybrid (Vitis Vinifera x Vitis Riparia) 

Originally identified as a mutation on a Frontenac Noir vine in 1992 and formally introduced in 2003. Cross between the French hybrid Landot 4511 and University of Minnesota Vitis Riparia #89.

Grape produces a variety of styles from semi-sweet to dessert wine, as well as dry and off dry.  Intense fruit of peach and tropical flavours such as pineapple and hints of honey.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

GEISENHEIM

(GM322)(HIBERNAL)

A white wine grape developed in Germany from a crossing of Seyval 7053 x Riesling. Wines are very similar to a Riesling and can be barrel fermented to add tannic structure. 

BACO NOIR 

A red wine grape crossing from vinifera vine Folle Blanche and an unknown Vitis Riparia indigenous to North America. Wines are medium to full body. Deeply tinted and fruit forward; often flavours of black fruits and caramel. Aging potential 5-10 years. 

ST. CROIX 

This red hybrid grape was produced in 1983 by Elmer Swenson, a pioneering grape breeder, and introduced by the University of Minnesota. Vines are vigorous and productive, very disease resistant and cold hardy to minus 28 degrees.  Wines are medium to full-bodied, dry, deep red with low tannins.  Fruity aromas and flavours of currants and dried fruits.

PINOTAGE 


Uniquely South African and developed by Abraham Izak Perold in 1925 at Stellenbosch University.  This Vitis Vinifera grape is a crossing is Pinot Noir x Cinsaut (locally known as Hermitage).  Pinotage is moderately susceptible to disease.  It is late ripening, requiring 160-180 frost free days.  Few sights in Prince Edward County can grow and ripen this grape.  Pinotage wines are unique and highly allocated.  Characterized by the cherry fruit flavours of Pinot and the earthiness of Rhone Cinsaut, the aromas are of red fruit, berry, plum and tropical fruit.  Wines are medium to full bodied and are excellent for barrel aging.

FRONTENAC NOIR

Interspecific French-American hybrid (Vitis Vinifera x Vitis Riparia) 

Formally introduced in 1996.  Cross between the French hybrid Landot4511  and the University of Minnesota Vitis Riparia #89.  This cold-hardy & disease resistant grape produces wines with distinct blackerry, cherry and plum flavours.  Widely planted in the upper Midwest and New York State.

LEON MILLOT

This red wine grape was created in 1911 by Eugene Kuhlmann by crossing hybrid Millardet et Grasset 101-14O.P.(Riparia x Rupestris) with Gold Riesling (Vinifera).  This variety ripens early and is highly resistant to fungal diseases.  Award winning wines have been produced from Leon Millot grapes.  The wine is complex and full-bodied, and still grown in France.

MARQUETTE

This red wine grape is a new variety that is very cold hardy & disease resistant with excellent wine quality.  Originating from a crossing made in 1989 between MN1094 and French hybrid Ravat262.  Pinot Noir is a parent of the Ravat262.

VIDAL BLANC

Interspecific hybrid (Vitis Vinifera x Vitis Riparia).Cross between Ugni Blanc and Rayon D'Or (Seibel4986). Capable of producing high sugar levels in cold climates with good acidity. Developed in 1930 by Jean Louis Vidal for production of Cognac. Wines produced are fruity with grapefruit and pineapple notes. Great for dessert and icewines.