Michigan U-Pick Grapes
A White Wine Grape
Similar Varieties: Seyval Blanc
Ripens Mid-Late September -- Produces an excellent dessert wine, especially when picked late in the season.
Usage Notes -- Wine
Popular in northeastern and midwest regions of America, this white wine-producing hybrid produces an excellent dessert wine. The fruit can develop very high sugar content while acidity remains high.
Vines are hardy, with moderate vigor and productivity. Bud break is late, reducing the risk of spring freeze injury. Clusters are small, very compact and very susceptible to Botrytis bunch rot in humid conditions.
Harvest Notes -
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Variety Info -- VIGNOLES is a French-American hybrid grape variety that is commonly grown for wine production in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states.
This is a white wine grape that is used to produce a variety of different wines from dry white to sweet dessert wines. It is a woody, deciduous, tendril-climbing vine that grows well in Michigan.
Panicles of fragrant, greenish flowers in spring bloom later than most wine grape varieties, thus making this variety less susceptible to damage from late frosts. Flowers are followed by clusters of small green grapes that ripen in mid-season. Large, shallowly-three-lobed, green foliage. Flowers are attractive to bees. Ripe fruit is attractive to some hornets and wasps.
Best grown in deep, loamy, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, including average garden soils, but must have good drainage. Best sited in a location sheltered from winter winds (preferably a southern facing slope) and well removed from frost pockets. Self-pollinating.
Where are the Vignoles vines located in the vineyard?
- Rows 36, 38, 39 & 40
Each row has about 50 vines.
2 rows of adjacent vines were removed a few years ago and replanted with vignoles.
Vignoles is one of my favorite grapes to add to a white blend. It adds a lot of body & character to the wine.
Where can I Purchase Vignoles Wine & Vines?
Vignoles wine can be easily purchased in Michigan from local wine shops, quite often you will see a "late harvest" sweet version of vignoles.