Grapes and Juice for the Home Winemaker

Red Grape Varieties

Arendel:    Makes a dark wine with blueberry character.

Cabernet Franc:   Produces an aromatic red wine that is softer than Cabernet Sauvignon. A vinifera variety used as one of the grapes in Red Bordeaux.

Chambourcin:   Makes a good red but also makes a good blush wine. It ages well.

Concord:   One of the oldest American varieties. It makes a strong flavored foxy wine, which is sometimes made dry but usually sweet

Carot Noir:    Has pronounced cherry and berry fruit aroma.

Dechaunac:    Makes a wine reminiscent of some Italian wines.

Foch:   Produces a fruity red table wine with a distinctive varietal flavor. Good acid: sugar balance.

Frontenac:   Produces a full bodied wine which is especially good for blending with Dechaunac or Foch.

GR-7:   Another New York State Hybrid. It makes darker red wines and it has a good tannin structure.

Landot 4511:    Reminiscent of Beaujolais. Similar to Foch in ripening.

Leon Millot:   This wine has a distinct berry aroma. It is a sister variety of Foch.

Noiret:   Produces wine with notes of green and black pepper and raspberry. Good tannin.

Zweigelt:  The main red variety in Austria.  A vinifera hybrid that makes an excellent wine

White varieties

Aromela:   A floral muscat wine.

Brianna:   Wines are made semi-sweet and have a pineapple flavor. 

Cayuga White:   Can be made either into a semi-sweet wine emphasizing its fruity aromas or dry for a less fruity wine. Wines are pleasant and Germanic in style.

Chardonnel:  This grape is a cross of Seyval and Chardonnay with hints of Chardonnay character.

Chardonnay:   The premier French white wine grape, which is used in making Chablis or white burgundy. It is also a part of the champagne blend in France.

Espirit:   Wine has a mildly fruity flavor.

Frontenac Gris:    Wine has a peach flavor and tropical fruit undertones.

La Crosse:   This is a versatile wine grape, which can be made dry but also makes a good semi dry wine. Wine has good body and can improve body of lighter wines.

La Crescent:   This wine has an apricot-like flavor with good aromatics. 

Muscat Ottonel:   A true European Muscat grape that can make a rich dessert wine.

Niagara:   A floral wine with a unique flavor. One of the oldest American varieties, it is also used in American champagnes.

Reliance:   Produces high sugars and makes a rich tasting wine.

Seyval:   This grape is the mainstay of the hybrid white wines in Michigan. It can be made dry or semi-sweet and blends well with LaCrosse.

St. Pepin:   This grape is a hybrid of Seyval and makes an excellent sweet wine.

Traminette:   A Gewürztraminer hybrid wine having a spicy quality reminiscent of the Gewürztraminer parent.

Valvin Muscat:   An aromatic wine with floral overtones.

Vignoles:    Makes either a dry or slightly sweet wine. Has a distinct varietal flavor.

Videl Blanc:     Makes an off dry Germanic style wine.