is always quite difficult to know what varieties to plant for the
English climate. I did my research on the net and asked local vignerons
what varieties they had planted and how they were doing, and also
discussed it with my chosen supplier, Derek
Pritchard. It seemed to be a consensus that the latest
disease resistant varieties were the best way to go. Also as I was not
aiming for commercial production, I could use hybrid varieties without
worrying about the stupid restrictions imposed by EU naming regulations.
as this was largely to be an experimental vineyard, I wanted to plant a
number of varieties but not so many that vinification became a pain. I
wanted enough of each variety to allow me to experiment in the winery
with oak, malolactic fermentation, length on the lees, blending,
etcetera. So I decided that the roughly 300 vines I would plant would
be of three different varieties.
the varieties planted are:-
one of the most successful disease resistant varieties. It is a
crossing of Seyval Blanc and Baccus which produces attractive,
herbaceous elderflower scented wine in England with a minimum of
||This is an
early ripening variety used for table grapes and for wine production in
England and Krygyzstan! Several different varieties go by this name.
Some wines are attractively scented and crisp.
is a white grape variety whose creator, Helmut Becker maintained it was
the first European Union crossing, with French, Italian and German
antecedents. In 1978 he developed this crossing of Muller-Thurgau with
a crossing of Madeline Angevine and the Italian early Calabrese. Its
looser bunches are less prone to rot and well pruned plants can reach
good must weights.
Descriptions from The Oxford
Companion to Wine.