I did manage to get an answer that I can plant grapes up to
the first hard frost around here. I also started looking
to buy grapes....this raised up another question...
Well I have been talking to people, and trying to find out what kind
of grapes I want to grow to make wine out of. It seems I have a
choice of grapes that I can get to grow here in Utah.
I stopped by the extension office of Utah State University (our aggie
college), and they had a fact sheet on grapes. It seems a few
different kinds of grapes will grow here, and do fairly well.
Canada Muscat - the facts sheet listed these as a white wine grape,
but the reading I have done seems to say these have a
rather foxy flavor and most of the wine books
recommend staying away from making wine out of these
Himrod - a white seedless grape. The books I have read about
wine mention Thompson seedless grapes, but say nothing
about himrod seedless grapes. The people at the
nursery said this were a little bit on the tart side.
Catawba - A little sweeter than the Himrod. One of the books
about wine did say that people were making white wine
out of this grape. I am really leaning towards this
grape as one nursery sells the grape vines for $3.49
and currently has a 30% off all vines in stock, and
seems to be well stocked in this vine. The vines also
look to be of a size that will produce grapes next
year if I manage to get them planted before the first
hard frost. (So I could get 4 vines for $10 or 6
vines for $15.)
Niagara The kind of grapes I started looking for, but I have
not found a nursery that has them in stock this late
in the year (yet).
Buffalo-Fredonia- I know nothing about this grape.
Suffolk Red - A read seedless grape.
The Niagara, Catawba, and Canada Muscat are grapes native to north
America so are resistant to the phylloxera problem. I am not sure
about the Buffalo-Fredoia the Suffolk Red, or the Himrod grape. I am
after white wine grapes, so I think I am looking at the Canada Muscat,
the Himrod, Niagara, or Catawba grapes. I am going to be looking
sometime on Saturday, and maybe buying grape vines then. Does anybody
have experience making wine from any of these grapes, and how did it
turn out? Would you use the same kind of grapes again? Does anybody
know the acidity and sugar content of the different grapes (this may
have to be a subjective rather than objective answer...I know the
sugar and acidity depend on the climate from year to year and place to
place, but one grape will have a tendency to have a higher sugar and
lower acidity than another grape grown in the same soil.
My wife seems to like a wine made from the Reisling grape, but that
will not grow well in this part of Utah (I have heard that the winery
in Moab is mucking around with this grape, but the winery in Moab does
not make that good of wine...I think they are still a little new at
it, and are trying to use the European stock of grapes that doesn't
really do to well in this area.) I am starting to develop a taste for
a wine made out of the Sirah grape, but that is a red grape grown in
very hot climates, and would not survive a winter in Utah. Also, since
my wife seems to like the white wines better, I should try making
wines that she would also drink.
So what kind of grapes do I wish to buy?
Thanks in advance
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