John Marshall’s Favorite White Hybrid Grapes

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7 Responses

  1. Patrick says:

    This is a very good overview of the white wine grape varieties available to Northern growers. I think most of us in the industry would agree that the quality of the cold hardy white wine varieties is way ahead of the hardy red wine varieties(although hopefully this will change in the coming years!). Wine drinkers accustomed to only vinifera varieties would find many of our Northern white wines quite delightful. And a number of them, such as Frontenac Gris with its pleasant apricot/peach notes, have flavors that, as John says, “cannot be found in a liquor store”. That is a strength to build upon, for sure

  2. Adam Simpson says:

    What about Frontenac Blanc?

    • Mark Ganchiff says:

      Good point, but FB is hard to find. Any suggestions or recommendations for Frontenac Blanc?

  3. jeremy says:

    Hi Adam
    Check out North east vine supply

  4. Don’t forget about Traminette!! Indiana’s Signature Grape isn’t as new as some of the grapes mentioned above. But all of these make exceptional wines. And in Indiana, we’ve found people are very willing to try local grapes!

  5. In Wisconsin we see that not only are people willing to try locally grown wine they are seeking it out! Establishing a signature grape is a grower issue. Wisconsin wineries are currently capable of producing salable grape based wines derived from multiple sources and locally grown fruit based wines to fill this growing demand. To John’s point of the article the white varitals already available to northern growers have as he states “enormous customer appeal”. Growers need to commit to larger plantings of these single varitals and deliver quality grapes, year over year to the winemaker in order to move the industry forward.

  6. piotr says:

    I live in Poland and i have over 55 grape species .I have had Praire Star making wine and it is quite predictable.I see similarity to Vidal ,with thick skin and wasp and birds dosen’t like it.In clay soil it has very slow growth ,and has more bunches than leaves.This is good material for ice wine or for straw wines..In dry weather condition you can see forming raisins ,however in my climate difficult to achive. The most sucessful Elmer Swenson grape in my country is is Adalmiina I see similarity to Seval Blanc with quite high extract,however my most intriguing wine is Louse Swenson it has low dry extract I see similarity to my Sauvignon Blanc-the colder weather the more aromatic sometimes quite surprising like tangerines,gooseberry taste .It dosent like sun .Oescola muscat is quite similar the colder weather the more aromatic.In hot summer it has very high sugars and labruska flavour.I have wanted to have Tramintte but this wine was unavailable in my country ,not sure how it is?