Our Northern Varietal Grapes are being grown 100% organically on our beautiful Southern slope in the outskirts of Montpelier. In everything we do at our vineyard, our goal is to produce organic wines that we are proud to call Vermont made.
This new red wine selection is a sister seedling of Petite Pearl, from breeder, Tom Plocher. Crimson Pearl has shown itself to be more winter hardy and earlier ripening than Petite Pearl. Juice is less dark than Petite Pearl and less tannin in skins, but has excellent balance of tannin, acid, and alcohol. Best wines to date were a very fruity cold soak rose, a saignee rose, and a soft fruity dry red. All had complex aromas of temperate climate fruits.
Developed at the University of Minnesota, ‘Itasca’ is the newest wine grape that will be available to growers in 2017. Offering disease resistance, winter hardiness, and improved wine chemistry such as lower acid than other hybrids, ‘Itasca’ will create new opportunities for grape growers and wine makers across the cold-climate wine growing regions. With aromas of apple, pear, and violet and lower acidity, this selection is very well suited to making dry white wines and sparkling wines.
Montpelier Vineyards red grape varieties include Petite Pearl, Crimson Pearl, Frontenac, and Sabrevois. For white we grow, Frontenac Gris, Louise, Swenson White, Frontenac Blanc, Itasca, and Prairie Star