I have a vineyard in Poplarville, MS with several different varieties of bunch grapes. Some will make it, some won’t, but it is interesting to look nonetheless. Below are some notes I made today on their growth and development. These are all in their second leaf and first fruiting year.
Victoria Red — some Pierce’s Disease symptoms (PD), not extremely productive, clusters variable in size and shape, some vines no crop while others better, bird depredation and bees a problem, fruit is crisp and sweet with good flavor (close to neutral), some seeds, vines have good vigor, non-slipskin
Cimarron — very few clusters, small cluster size, slipskin with “Welchy” flavor, some PD symptoms, moderate vine vigor
Sunset — no crop, possible PD symptoms, low vigor
Cynthiana — moderate vigor, no fruit
Rubaiyat — possible PD symptoms, vine vigor varies among vines, some vines no fruit and some lots, slipskin, red flesh, flavor mild to neutral, good sized clusters when present, some vines appear stressed, some uneven ripening, some nutritional deficiency symptoms, bird and bee depredation
Lake Emerald — good fruit set, not ripening yet, evidence of nutritional deficiency, clusters loose, vine vigor good to moderate
Daytona — no fruit, vine vigor low to moderate
Champanel — few clusters, slipskin, mild fruit flavor, cluster size medium to large, “slimy” pulp, some nutritional deficiency symptoms, possible PD symptoms, vine vigor moderate, clusters loose
V12-375(?) — little fruit, vigorous growth, not ripening yet, clean foliage except a couple older leaves with possible PD or nutrient deficiency symptoms
Conquistador — no fruit, vine vigorous, shows nutrient deficiency, some leaves drying out and dying
Himrod — poor growth, no fruit
FAMU 99 — moderate vine vigor, no fruit
MidSouth — low to moderate vine vigor, little fruit, small clusters, intriguing “raspberry” flavor, slipskin
The varieties below have been harvested as of July 24. Although they were not at optimal soluble solid levels, bird depredation dictated an early harvest so that my study would not be ruined.
Villard blanc — long, loose clusters, brix around 16, some leave damage from Pristine, nonslipskin, obvious “wine”-like grape flavor, vines moderate vigor
Blanc du bois — vines vigorous, large to medium cluster size, brix around 17-18, anthracnose a problem, slipskin
Miss blanc — less vigorous than VB and BdB, less fruit too, brix around 15
If you have questions or comments on these I would love to hear them.