Michigan U-Pick Grapes
A White Wine Grape
Similar Varieties: Vignoles, Cayuga, St. Pepin
Ripens Mid September -- One of the most widely planted hybrid grapes east of the Rocky Mountains.
Usage Notes -- Wine
(Seyve-Villard 5276) - Produces white wine with attractive aromas of grass, hay and melon. A beautiful grape for superior Chablis or champagne.
President Ford has used Michigan Seyval at some of his Presidential Events.
Harvest Notes -
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Variety Info -- Well suited to cool climates, this popular French-American hybrid is the second most planted vine in England, behind Müller-Thurgau.
The variety is also popular in Canada and the eastern U.S., particularly New York State. Reliably productive and an early ripening (usually mid to late September) Seyval Blanc is made into crisp white wines, with no foxy flavor, or sometimes into off-dry versions where the tart nature of the variety is balanced with residual sugar.
Some producers have employed such enhancing techniques as barrel fermentation and/or aging, and malolactic fermentation to improve the quality of its sometimes neutral character and lack of intensity. The fruit is highly susceptible to Botrytis bunch rot.
Sadly, Seyval Blanc (like all other hybrid varieties) was outlawed for “quality wine” designation by vinifera-obsessed European Union authorities, ostensibly, for quality reasons. This is a controversial issue for the English wine industry, where the variety has proved to produce some very notable wines.
Where are the Seyval vines located in the vineyard?
- Rows 31 & 32
Each row of Seyval has about 60 vines.
Seyval is planted a little closer in the rows, 6 ft spacing - all others are planted 8 ft apart.
These vine are on their own roots and are not always as vigorous as I would like, however they are a good producer. Our daughter likes to eat Seyval grapes as a table grape.
Where can I Purchase Seyval Wine & Vines?
Concord wine can be easily purchased in Michigan from local wine shops and grocery stores or may be purchased on line.