Grapes

Auxerrois

White Wine Grape

This Alsatian variety, also known as Auxerrois Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois, stands alone as a crisp floral dry white with low acidity, but also lends substance as a blending grape.

 

 

 

Cabernet Franc

Red Wine Grape

More aromatic, less tannins and lighter color than Cabernet sauvignon. Often blended, more varietal wines are being made with Cabernet franc with pleasing results. In addition to field selection from the Finger Lakes, we have planted clone #312 and clone #332. Both these clones are highly rated for powerful, well-balanced and aromatic wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Red Wine Grape

As Chardonnay is to white varieties Cabernet Sauvignon is to the red varieties. It does not need explanation to wine lovers. Clone selection has become increasingly important with this variety. The clones we are growing are #337, #2, #21, #16. Clone #337 is the most widely planted in France and Calif. it is best known for early ripening, bright color intensity and tannins. Clone #2 selected in California is popular for its low yields and consistent wine quality. Clone #21 is similar in performance to clone #2 but slightly less consistent. Less is known about clone #16, but we have planted it to add diversity. We also have a planting of field selection from the Finger Lakes.

Carmine

Red Wine Grape

A cross of Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, this high tannin red is used by many Pennsylvania vintners as a blender. Some winemakers are also having success making a varietal.

 

 

Chambourcin

Red Wine Grape

Recently termed "Pennsylvania Zinfandel" for its multi-dimensions in wine making, this dark-berried French Hybrid continues to increase in popularity. It produces deep colored wine and full aromatic flavors. This grape has been used in nouveau-style wines to ports.

 

 

Chardonnay

White Wine Grape

This most popular white variety does not need description for professionals or amateurs. Recently clonal selection has been the hot topic with wine grapes and Chardonnay is no exception. We have plantings of clone #96 and clone #76. We round out our chardonnay diversity with Colmar and field selection from the finger lakes. Clone #96 and #76 are both known for high quality and early ripening, as are our non-clonal plantings.

Petite Verdot

Red Wine Grape

One of the red Bordeaux varieties that is often blended. It is known for powerful wines with spicy flavors and deep color.

 

 

 

Pinot Blanc

White Wine Grape

Intense fruity characteristics ranging from citrus to tart apple typify this simple yet elegant variety. Crisp and dry tones make it versatile for food pairing. It is a mutation of Pinot Gris discovered in Burgundy in the 19th century. Widely planted in Germany, Italy, but until recently ignored in the US.

 

Pinot Grigio (Gris)

White Wine Grape

The best known mutation of Pinot Noir makes delicious perfumed white wine. Many wineries in the mid-Atlantic are finding increased appreciation for this wine. The berries range from grayish blue to brownish pink. Though typically made into a dry white wine, some winemakers are making a blush with Pinot Gris.

 

 

Sangiovese

Red Wine Grape

The backbone of fine red wine in Tuscany, the grapes from these robust clusters are regarded for their forceful aromatic nature and penetrating acidity. The name is derived from Sangius Jovis or the Blood of Jove. Limited commercial planting in the mid-Atlantic.

 

Sauvignon Blanc

White Wine Grape

One of the world's most popular and distinctive wines, the Sauvignon Blanc grape can stand alone or be used to add zest to a blend of white wine. It is most well known for it's characteristic aroma of fresh melons and grassy fields. The vine itself is particularly vigorous and must be controlled to avoid an overly herbaceous wine. We planted this grape in spring 2002 and are looking forward to your first harvest.

 

Touriga

Red Wine Grape

Best known as a constituent of Port, these small yet intense grapes also produce a fine dry red table wine which is developing interest with more Mid-Atlantic winemakers.

 

 

Vidal

White Wine Grape

A white French Hybrid also known for its versatility. It is made in to light sweet wines and dry wines. It is also popular for late harvest and ice wines.

 

 

 

Viognier

White Wine Grape

This up and coming sun colored Rhone varietal, exudes a fragrant perfume of peach and apricot. Already an award winner for us, it promises to help put Pennsylvania vintners on the map as it becomes more popular around the world.

 

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