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St. Pepin
Michigan U-Pick Grapes

A White Wine Grape
Similar Varieties: Cayuga, Niagara, Seyval

st. pepin white wine grape


white grape drawing-s  Ripens Early September  --  A hardy white grape with some Seyval heritage. Very fruity Germanic style white

 


 

redwine-icon  Usage Notes  --  Wine

St. Pepin makes a high-quality wine; one of the best whites that can be grown in Northern areas.

St. Pepin also makes a pleasing juice, unlike many wine grapes.

St. Pepin is a sister seedling of La Crosse.

 
 

 

grapeharvest-icon Harvest Notes -

Ripening Information for our 7th WEEKEND - Week 8 and last, October 18, 19 & 20, 2013

St. Pepin - is probably gone - but you can still look!.

Click here for a ripening summary and grape prices for the whole vineyard .....

 


 

white grape drawing-s Variety Info -- St. Pepin is a modern hybrid variety of wine grape, mostly grown in North America. It produces grapes suitable for making fruity white wines similar to Riesling or as a base for blended wines. The grapes also make a good seeded table grape for eating. It has the benefits of early ripening and when hardened properly in the fall it is winter hardy to at least -25 F. As such it best suited to growing in more northern climates.

St. Pepin was produced and patented by Elmer Swenson circa 1970. It is a hybrid of the male Seyval blanc crossed to a seedling of Minnesota 78 by Seibel 1000 (aka Rosette). Unlike most modern grapes it is a pistillate female and so needs to be planted next to male vines from a close sibling variety to achieve pollination.

 


 

questionmark-tiny2-s  Where are the St. Pepin vines located in the vineyard?

  • Rows 61 to 63

Each row has about 50 vines.

St. Pepin grows very good in our vineyard. The vine growth and the clusters are very "loose" and sometimes hard to see.

These rows are being converted to Geneva Double Curtain training to give them more room to grow.

 

 


 
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whitewine-s    Where can I Purchase St. Pepin Wine & Vines?

St Pepin is used in white blends  at Garvin Heights Vineyard.

Please visit our Winery Locator Page to find wineries which make this kind of wine....

st pepin white wine grape
 
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Vineyard FAQ'S

 
 

What do grape blossoms smell like?

Walking through the vineyard when it is in full bloom is a unique experience. The scent is slightly more subtle than other fruits. Each flower blossom will develop into a separate berry...
How do you propagate grape vines?

Grape vines are propagated by taking dormant shoots pruned off during the spring. These 3 to 4 bud long cuttings are planted in garden soil and grown one year. The next year they are ready to plant in your vineyard. They will be the same variety as the vine that they were taken from.

What time of the year should I prune my vines?

Grape vines may be pruned any time that the leaves are off and they are dormant. Many vineyards with huge acres of vines to prune may work all winter, but we prefer to prune in the spring. In the spring, any winter damage that has occurred will be visible and pruning adjustments will be made.

Do Michigan vines need to be grafted?

Most vinifera vines that are grown (such as Cabernet, Reisling, etc) need to be grafted on to a strong rootstock because they are not tolerant of the Phloxera louse, a pest that will kill the vines. Most all vines in California and any vinifera vine grown in Michigan are grafted for this reason.

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Do grapes need a frost to ripen?

Absolutely not. There are early and late season varieties, an early season grape left on the vine until frost will be mushy and overripe.
 
Once a frost hits the vine and all the leaves are burned off, any further photosynthesis or ripening will cease...

How is our vineyard different than others?

I do not know any other vineyard that has more than 20 varieties of grapes and sells 100% U-PICK!

Since we are not a winery we do not keep the premium grapes for ourselves and sell what is left to local customers.

YOU are our only customers!

What is your favorite grape?

We get this asked of us all the time. Which grape makes the best wine, best jelly, best juice, etc. This is very difficult to answer & also varies from season to season. Many of our customers have very different tastes than we do.
My personal favorites as of April, 2007:

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Do you recommend oak barrels for winemaking?
Oak barrels can be very useful in winemaking, but they can be problematic and I prefer glass carboys.

Oak barrels are excellent for large amounts of wine such as 55 gallons. The ration of air to wine is just right. When you use smaller barrels...
 
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