Our Grape Varieties
Red Grape Varieties
Concord is the most famous American grape with vigorous, hardy and productive vines that produce medium sized clusters bearing large blue-black berries. Concord grapes are tough skinned, flavorful and highly aromatic - an all purpose grape used to make grape jelly, juice, grape flavored soft drinks, and candy. Concord is used for kosher wines or as a varietal or blender for sweet wines.
Frontenac is an extremely cold hardy, red wine grape. It has been used to produce dry red wine, rose', and port. The deep colored wines have cherry, blackberry, black currant and plum notes that pair well with hearty foods such as duck, pheasant, lamb, beef, pasta dishes made with tomato and eggplant; also with flavor ingredients such as: pepper, mushrooms, black olives, and herbs (mint, thyme, rosemary). Frontenac produces grapes with high sugar and high acidity, so acid reducing techniques are often used by the winemaker.
Marechal Foch is a very early ripening black grape with small berries. Vines are hardy with medium vigor and production. Marechal Foch can be made into a variety of wines ranging from a light red wine similar to Beaujolais, to a more extracted wine with intense dark purple color, black fruit flavor, and a unique varietal character, to a sweet, fortified, port style wine.
St Croix produces a sweet bluish-red grape that makes an excellent table grape, and is also great for red wine. Very winter hardy vines with little or no winter injury, vigorous growth and good resistance to powdery mildew and black rot. Be sure not to pick the grapes before they are fully ripe, or you will miss out on full flavor- watch for fruit to turn a darker color. St Croix makes a medium to full-bodied, dry, deep red wine with soft tannins and good fruit aromas, with currant and other dried fruit flavor qualities.
White Grape Varieties
Esprit produces large, white berries with a mild fruity flavor. Productive, ripening in mid-September. Good for use as a table grape, and also makes an excellent light and fruity white wine.
La Crescent produces a good quality white wine with apricot-like flavor. The off-dry, sweet white wine pairs well with appetizers, seafood and chicken. La Crescent has excellent winter hardiness with moderate disease resistance that requires a standard spray program.
LaCrosse produces medium size white grapes much like Seyval Blanc. Makes a good stand alone varietal wine, also used for blending for lighter wines to add body and finish. Fermented in oak, La Crosse makes a nice dry wine. Aromas range from pear, apricot, and slightly muscat to citrus & floral, depending on the winemaking style. Pairs well with seasoned chicken and light salads.