I live in the land of Pierce’s Disease (PD) and heavy fungal disease pressure. Muscadines are king here for good reason — they grow and produce fruit. Bunch grapes are a different story. Many varieties are susceptible to PD and most are also susceptible to the multitude of fungal diseases present along the Gulf Coast, including Black Rot, Anthracnose, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Phomopsis, etc. Some work was done years ago on bunch grapes in Mississippi, even some in the southern part of the state. Unfortunately for me (or fortunately depending on your perspective), I work on a station that is 3.5 hours from the main campus (and the library). So, I don’t have ready access to all of those old research publications. But I know there are some varieties they did not test and that is why I have started a vineyard in Poplarville (there is also a replicated vineyard at Beaumont too). I have put in some of the usual suspects in the vineyard, including ‘Blanc du bois’ and ‘Villard blanc’. These are interspecific hybrid grapes that have some resistance or tolerance to PD. What else am I putting in, you ask? ‘Victoria’s Red’ is one (thanks to Jim Kamas at TAMU). A table grape originally from the University of Arkansas breeding program that was given second life in Texas. I also have ‘Miss Blanc’, ‘MidSouth’, FAMU 99,’ Himrod’, ‘Conquistador’, ‘Champanel’, ‘Daytona’, and ‘Lake Emerald’ (many thanks to Wayne Adams). Another, ‘Rubaiyat’, may make it from the greenhouse to the field soon as well (thanks to Becky Carroll at OK State). The main part of the vineyard is ‘Blanc du bois’, ‘Villard blanc’, and ‘Miss Blanc’. These vines will be used in a study (or studies). The rest are for pure observation. As the vineyard progresses I will update things here. As you can see below, things are in the beginning stages, but the vines will grow rapidly in this environment. Check out the photos below.