3 Grapes Vines To Grow That Do Double Duty
Here are just a few grape varieties that have stood the test of time and also double agent as the source of wines and fruits. We humans try to get the most out of anything, and with these three there are no exceptions. We’ll walk through the old school, and some of these have proven their worth.
Growing these grapes may satisfy the old world experience of growing grapes for wine or for eating. You can easily adjust the size of your vines for the function that you would like to serve for you, your business, or family.
Here’s a classic grape variety that’s used for red wines. It survived only through being crossed from Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe. During the 1950’s it was given the stamp of approval in 1979.
The climate in Germany didn’t really produce many red wines that were dark in color and this vine after being crafted from many strains finally gave Germans the red wine that people in other regions enjoyed.
To mention other regions, would mean that we would have to picture this grape grown as far north as the UK. So its a very sturdy vines that can stand colder climates.
The deep red skin will add character that combines nicely with the magic ingredients inside the oak barrels that its aged in.
Although this grape is very popular in Germany, unfortunately its still number two in the land. Germany comes up often with these three.
Müller – Thurgau
The guy who created this variety of grape vine was set on combining the powerful and complex flavors of the Riesling grape with the speedy Silvaner grape. The mission was not a success, but that didn’t keep this variety from becoming very popular in Germany.
The variety is over 125 years old and it’s popularity peaked in the 1970’s. Even with the ups and downs, it has survived because of the ability to plant this grape in a variety of climates. As grapes go, this is always a good thing. It allows for experts to use this grape in addition to their existing crops if they’d like, without purchasing more land in a different region.
These vines produce mild, but fruit grapes. They mature early and have low acidity. The low acidity shows itself in the wines created from its grapes.
The grape variety was truly tested by the weather at 1979. The temperature lowered to around twenty degrees and the vines did not survive, while their riesling counterparts remained. This lead to growers wanting a more sturdy vines in case this happened again. It still remains the third most planted variety of grape in Germany.
Our friend the muscadine grape is a native to North America and is heavily cultivated on the east coast from New York down to FLorida. This doesn’t exclude the great plains states. This grape variety has proved to stand the test of time since it was highly cultivated in the 1600’s.
This grape’s color varies from light to dark and also have shown to be creatively used. You can eat them raw, or you can use them to make jams, jelly, juice, and wines. It’s fruit has a thick skin that you have to break through to get to the pulp as opposed to most grapes.
The fruit of this vine is rich in polyphenols. These components are found primarily in the skin and seed of the grape. Think grape seed oil.
The popularity of this grape holds its form. There are over 300 cultivators in the southeast alone. This grape has also proven to be difficulty to cross with other species, and this difficulty cold be trace back to its genetic make up. It has two less chromosomes than most grape species. When is it successfully combined the product tends not to be better than the original.
If you live in North America, another thing to be ware of is that these vines have the capability to produce 8-18 tons per acre. Not that you’ll have that much space to grow if you’re just starting. Just keep it in mind that these vines produce in the right conditions.
I’ll be writing more about this particular variety at later time.
Where’s this stuff grown?
Most of these verities originated or were made popular in Germany and France. I can tell you that through research Australia, Chile, California are the most common places that grow most or all of these verities. If your climate can support these grapes, and you’re curious, take to the time to see if one of these three are going to be the grapes you grow.
Now go get growing!
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