Wine and Juice Grape Varieties for Cool Climates – Cornell

The majority of commercial grape varieties around the world belong to the species, Vitis vinifera. In New York, however, V. viniferavarieties are only one part of a diverse group of varieties including those derived from the fox grape, V. labrusca, and hybrids of native American species with V. vinifera. This bulletin describes the broad range of varieties available for commercial use, as well as those with potential for home vineyards and roadside markets. Generally, the varieties described within are adapted to cool climate growing regions. Some may be suitable for use in the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic growing regions of the United States. The descriptions and information in the Tables 1-3 may be used to help choose varieties suited to specific needs. Further information may be obtained from the Cooperative Extension Service in your home state as well as from the references listed at the end of this publication.

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