Sommerset and Marquette
For many years growing a table grape in cold climates was not even a possibility! There has been much work put into the research of developing cold hardy grape varieties, and now there are several opportunities for grape growing in the north. We offer only hardy, great tasting, and disease resistant varieties. They are smaller in size compared to the ones typically bought in grocery stores, but they are exceptional in flavour.
Grape vines are self fertile but fruit production is amplified when there are multiple varieties of grapes in the same areas for better cross pollination. The grape varieties we offer are extremely hardy, but they survive the harsh winters much better when they are laid on the ground and covered with wood chip mulch. This way they will be insulated from the cold. Many people are very shy to do this, but 90% of grape vines must be pruned every year to ensure you get more than a cluster of grapes at harvest time. The best time to prune is in late fall and absolutely before the first snow fall. Many people suggest pruning in the spring but in cold climates this can really inhibit the early spring growth of the grape vine.
|Height||indefinite-will grow as high as trellis|
|Sun Requirements||Full sun to part shade|
|Average year to bear fruit||3-5|
|Harvest Time||Late August to September|
|Soil||Prefers limestone soil, but quite adaptable to most. Needs well drained soils|