Grapes

Concord

Vitis labrusca 'Concord'

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Classic purple grape renowned for juice making also makes great jelly.  Concord is a great table grape for eating fresh, too.  It can be used for winemaking but other varieties may be better suited for that purpose.  Best grown trellised into a "T" shape and pruned yearly to clear unproductive older wood.

 

Niagra

Vitis labrusca 'Niagra'

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

The "white grape juice" grape, Niagra is a chance white grape descendant of the purple Concord grape.

Excellent for eating fresh, but best to avoid prolonged storage.  Like Concord, it is a great juice grape and good for jelly.  Its also a good grape for wine, though the vintner needs know its personality for a successful bottle.  Best grown trellised into a "T" and pruned yearly to remove unproductive older wood.

 

Leon Millot

Vitis vinifera 'Leon Millot'

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Excellent winemaking grape of French origin.  Known for making wine of robust red / burgundy color.  It has good disease resistance and sets fruit later than similar varieties limiting loss from late season frosts.  

Courtesy Irina K.  Vines heavy with Leon Millot clusters.
 

Prairie Star

Vitis vinifera x labrusca ? 'Prarie star'

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Very cold hardy white wine grape.  Has good disease resistance.  It ripens in mid season with well balanced sweetness and acidity for white wine making.

 
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