• Cabernet Sauvignon is our most popular selection. It is the most widely planted and recognized red wine variety in the United States. It is suitable for all growing regions where grapevines can be grown. Cabernet Sauvignon is easy to grow and care for and has low disease susceptibility. It is very tolerant to cold winter temperatures as well as high summer temperatures.
  • Pinot Noir has most recently become a popular variety in the United States. It will grow anywhere that grapes are grown. However, it prefers cooler summers to achieve the highest quality. The clusters are small to medium sized with small berries. It has medium disease and winter cold tolerance. Some of the most sought-after wines in the world are made from Pinot Noir grapes.
  • Syrah (also know as Shiraz) is a vigorous variety that does very well in cool as well as hot climates. This variety thrives in many different areas showing different characteristics in wine depending on where it is grown. The wines can show an array of dark fruits, cocoa, blueberry and mint. This variety is extremely versatile for winemaking and can be pleasant to grow in the vineyard with large yields.
  • Zinfandel is an American grape variety that performs differently in the field, but is genetically the same as Primitivo. It can be used to make red and white (rose) wine. Zinfandel is not as winter cold hardy as other varieties but can be planted where temperatures stay above 15 degrees F. It is a high producing variety that makes fruity wines that can be consumed at a young age.  
  • The basis of many Italian wines such as Chianti, and Super Tuscans, this variety has a very vigorous growth habit and is usually very productive. The small berries have thin skins and high acidity. Sangiovese requires a long, warm growing season to sufficiently ripen the fruit. It is not suited for cold winter temperatures.
  • A red grape variety that is largely planted in Spain. This variety is early ripening and thrives in warm climates. It yields large clusters and the yields are productive. The wine tends to be full bodied with a dark ruby color. On the palate you will taste light red fruits and baking spices.
  • Another Bordeaux variety, Merlot is one of the most widely planted varieties in the world. It produces medium tannic wines with black fruit characteristics. It is consistently productive with loose clusters and large berries. It is suitable in hot and cooler climates and has good winter hardiness.
  • Grenache is a late ripening variety that prefers hot and dry climates. Given the right conditions this variety can produce a large crop that will need to be balanced in the vineyard for quality wine production. The wines produced from this variety usually show bright red fruit and subtle spice characteristics.
  • A parent to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc is another of the Bordeaux varieties. Cab Franc is lighter than Cab Sauv with different flavor profiles. It ripens a little earlier than Cab Sauv and is very popular on the East Coast of the U.S. as it has a good tolerance for cold winter temperatures. Like Cab Sauv, Cab Franc has small, thick skinned berries that have a high tolerance to diseases.
  • More popular as Petite Sirah in the U.S., this variety produces inky, black, full bodied wines. It is often used as a blender with Zinfandel. But, it is also blended in small amounts with other varieties to add color, and structure. The berries are small (petite) and the clusters are tightly packed making it highly susceptible to bunch rot. It is not considered a cold tolerant variety.
  • Also known as Mataro, is a variety that prefers hot dry regions and tends to ripen later. Mourvedre is most commonly found in Blends of Syrah and Grenache although it does very well on its own or as a rose. The wines tend to be full bodied with earthy undertones and a dried strawberry backbone of fruit.
  • One of the six main Bordeaux varieties, Malbec, or Cot as it is called in France, is a great stand-alone variety but normally used as a blender. It is fairly productive and provides deep color. It is grown throughout the world including France, the U.S., Argentina and Chile. However, it is not very winter hardy, so it is not recommended for regions dipping below 20 degrees F.


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