New York Muscat
Michigan U-Pick Grapes
A Blue-Black Wine or Jelly Grape
Similar Varieties: Steuben, Buffalo
Usage Notes -- Wine, Jelly, Juice, Table
New York Muscat
(Muscat Hamburg x Ontario).From Cornell University's Geneva, New York experiment station.
This grape is always in the top three in tastings. The oval reddish-blue grapes have the best muscat flavor of any hybrid I have tried. Only pure vinifera muscats like Early Muscat or Muscat Hamburg are better in flavor, but they aren't as hardy as NY Muscat.
The vine has less vigor such that where Concord would be planted eight feet apart, NY Muscat could easilly be planted six feet apart in the rows. Productivity is also lighter than many varieties. Even so, the flavor is worth it.
Also used for sweet muscat wines in the eastern US. My vines do well trained to cordons and pruned to two or three bud spurs. Needs good soil fertility, too.
Harvest Notes -
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Variety Info -- Muscat is a weak grower in our vineyard.
- Variety: New York Muscat
- Color: Reddish-Blue
- Hardiness: Medium
- Growing Season: 155
- Uses: Table or dessert use.
- Remarks: Medium-loose clusters of medium-size berries. Vine moderately vigorous. Soil drainage very important.
Where are the Muscat vines located in the vineyard?
- Rows 10 & 50
Each row has about 50 vines.
Rows 10 was part of the original vineyard planted in 1983.
Row 50 was added as the vineyard grew. NY Muscat is not a strong grower in our vineyard and there are some vines missing in the rows. I plan to start planting some Muscat with a grafted rootstock next year for more vigor.
NY Muscat is my favorite grape for jelly and I love the taste.
Where can I Purchase New York Muscat Wine & Vines?
I have never seen NY Muscat wine sold in stores. I think we are going to have to make it ourselves.
It may be included (but not on the label) of many wines that have a fruity, sweeter finish.