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Vitis - Grape Vines

Grape vines (Vitis) add an exciting dimension to the garden with their clusters of juicy grapes hanging like porcelain drop earrings, and their fantastic foliage that can clothe a structure beautifully. Turning ablaze with fiery crimson-tinted shades in the fall, they never fail to produce a very theatrical show. It may come as a surprise to many gardeners, but grapes can be quite cold-hardy and grow in cool climate areas.
There is a huge choice of varieties in the grape genus Vitis but all grapes share the same needs: full sun, good drainage and moderately fertile soil.

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Vitis 'Black Spanish' (Fox Grape)

Good for warmer climates, Vitis 'Black Spanish' is a labrusca grape variety boasting large clusters of small black grapes in late summer to early fall. Firm and sweet, the grapes are juicy and perfect for wine, juice and jelly.

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Vitis 'Boskoop Glory' (Grape Vine)

Cold-hardy and one of the finest dessert wine varieties, award-winning Vitis 'Boskoop Glory' is a vigorous deciduous climbing shrub or vine producing sweet and aromatic black grapes.

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Vitis 'Brant' (Grape Vine)

Cold-hardy and highly decorative, award-winning Vitis 'Brant' is a large, vigorous deciduous climbing shrub or vine producing sweet and aromatic black grapes. They can be eaten fresh from the vine or used for making a decent wine.

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Vitis 'Brianna' (Grape Vine)

Cold-hardy, Vitis 'Brianna' produces large clusters of greenish gold grapes in early fall. The flavor is fruity with hints of grapefruit and pineapple when fully ripe. Perfect as a juice grape or as a light, semi-sweet table wine. A vigorous deciduous shrub, 'Brianna' is self-pollinating but will benefit from pollination with another variety. Good disease resistance and tolerance of temperature extremes.

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Vitis 'Canadice' (Fox Grape)

Vitis 'Canadice' is a seedless labrusca grape variety boasting compact clusters of small red grapes in late summer. Firm and sweet, the grapes are juicy, with a touch of spiciness, and perfect for fresh eating, jams and jellies. A deciduous shrub with large, three-lobed green leaves, 'Canadice' is self-pollinating, productive and more winter hardy than most seedless grapes.

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Vitis 'Catawba' (Fox Grape)

A leading grape for American wines and champagnes, Vitis 'Catawba' is a vigorous labrusca grape variety boasting ample sized clusters of copper-red, seedless grapes in early fall. Firm and sweet, the grapes are juicy, with a musky flavor and equally perfect for table grape, jams and jellies.

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Vitis 'Itasca' (Grape Vine)

Bred for use in cold climates, Vitis 'Itasca' produces compact clusters of golden grapes in early fall. The fruit has moderately low acidity levels and high sugar levels at maturity, producing a dry white wine that is light yellow to straw in color and has aromas of pear, quince, violet, melon, minerals, and subtle honey notes. A deciduous shrub with large, three-lobed green leaves, 'Itasca' exhibits excellent disease and insect resistance. This is the fifth cold-hardy wine grape released by the University of Minnesota.

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Vitis 'King of the North' (Fox Grape)

Cold-hardy, Vitis 'King of the North' is a Labrusca grape variety boasting large clusters of medium to small, dark blue berries in early fall. Juicy and tart, it is perfect for juice, jelly or eating fresh. A very vigorous deciduous shrub, 'King of the North' is self-pollinating, productive and highly disease resistant.

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Vitis 'Mars Seedless' (Grape Vine)

Cold-hardy, Vitis 'Mars Seedless' is a vigorous seedless grape variety that produces medium-sized, compact clusters of dark blue grapes in late summer and early fall. Firm and sweet, the grapes are slipskin (having a tough skin that separates readily from the pulpy flesh), juicy, nicely flavored and perfect for eating, jams, jellies, wine and juice.

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Vitis 'Regent' (Grape Vine)

Noted for its pretty fall colors and the quality of its wine or fresh grapes, Vitis 'Regent' is a deciduous climbing shrub or vine producing sweet blue-black grapes early in the season. They can be eaten fresh from the vine or used for making wine.

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Vitis 'Reliance' (Fox Grape)

Cold-hardy and vigorous, Vitis 'Reliance' is a vigorous seedless grape variety that produces medium-sized clusters of glossy red grapes early in the season. Firm and sweet, the grapes are juicy, nicely flavored and perfect for eating right off the vine.

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Vitis coignetiae (Crimson Glory Vine)

Vigorous and strong-growing, award-winning Vitis coignetiae (Crimson Glory Wine) is a large deciduous climbing vine noted for its incredibly decorative foliage.

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Vitis labrusca 'Concord' (Fox Grape)

Cold-hardy and robust, Vitis labrusca 'Concord' (Fox Grape) is regarded as the standard of excellence for blue-black American grapes. This vigorous seedless grape variety produces medium-sized clusters of glossy, juicy, blue-black grapes in late mid-season.

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Vitis labrusca 'Niagara' (Fox Grape)

Highly popular, Vitis labrusca 'Niagara' (Fox Grape) is a vigorous grape variety boasting large clusters of greenish-white, seedless grapes in late summer and early fall. Firm and sweet, the grapes are juicy, sweet with a tangy flavor. 'Niagara' is considered to be a good grape for sweet white wines, fresh table grapes, jams, juices or jellies.

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Vitis labrusca (Fox Grape)

Cultivated for its edible fruit, Vitis labrusca (Fox Grape) is a vigorous deciduous vine that produces medium-sized grapes of glossy, juicy, blue-black grapes in late mid-season. The grapes are noted for having slip-skins (the skin easily slips off when squeezed) and a sweet earthy muskiness (foxy smell and flavor). The foliage of large, three-lobed, deep green leaves, 4-6 in. long (10-15 cm), is fuzzy with brown-gray hairs on the underside.

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