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New York Muscat
Michigan U-Pick Grapes

A Blue-Black Wine or Jelly Grape
Similar Varieties: Steuben, Buffalo

New York Muscat Grape

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red-grape2-s   Ripens Mid September  --  Very popular grape for juice & jelly. Makes a very fruity wine.
 

 

redwine-icon  Usage Notes  --  Wine, Jelly, Juice, Table 

New York Muscat

(Muscat Hamburg x Ontario).From Cornell University's Geneva, New York experiment station.

This grape is always in the top three in tastings. The oval reddish-blue grapes have the best muscat flavor of any hybrid I have tried. Only pure vinifera muscats like Early Muscat or Muscat Hamburg are better in flavor, but they aren't as hardy as NY Muscat.

The vine has less vigor such that where Concord would be planted eight feet apart, NY Muscat could easilly be planted six feet apart in the rows. Productivity is also lighter than many varieties. Even so, the flavor is worth it.

Also used for sweet muscat wines in the eastern US. My vines do well trained to cordons and pruned to two or three bud spurs. Needs good soil fertility, too.

Click here for NY Muscat winemaking info .....

 

 

grapeharvest-icon Harvest Notes -

 

Ripening Information for our 6th & 7th WEEKEND - 10, 11, 12 & 17, 18 & 19 - October 19 is our last day we are open.

No Muscat this year!

Click here for a ripening summary and grape prices for the whole vineyard .....

 


 

red-grape2-s  Variety Info --  Muscat is a weak grower in our vineyard.

  • Variety: New York Muscat
  • Color: Reddish-Blue
  • Hardiness: Medium
  • Growing Season: 155
  • Uses: Table or dessert use.
  • Remarks: Medium-loose clusters of medium-size berries. Vine moderately vigorous. Soil drainage very important.

 


 

questionmark-tiny2  Where are the Muscat vines located in the vineyard?

  • Rows 10 & 50

Each row has about 50 vines.

Rows 10 was part of the original vineyard planted in 1983.

Row 50 was added as the vineyard grew. NY Muscat is not a strong grower in our vineyard and there are some vines missing in the rows. I plan to start planting some Muscat with a grafted rootstock next year for more vigor.

NY Muscat is my favorite grape for jelly and I love the taste.

 


 

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redwineglass-tiny2-s    Where can I Purchase New York Muscat Wine & Vines?

I have never seen NY Muscat wine sold in stores. I think we are going to have to make it ourselves.

It may be included (but not on the label) of many wines that have a fruity, sweeter finish.

Please visit our Winery Locator Page to find wineries which make this kind of wine....

 

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What do grape blossoms smell like?

Walking through the vineyard when it is in full bloom is a unique experience. The scent is slightly more subtle than other fruits. Each flower blossom will develop into a separate berry...
How do you propagate grape vines?

Grape vines are propagated by taking dormant shoots pruned off during the spring. These 3 to 4 bud long cuttings are planted in garden soil and grown one year. The next year they are ready to plant in your vineyard. They will be the same variety as the vine that they were taken from.

What time of the year should I prune my vines?

Grape vines may be pruned any time that the leaves are off and they are dormant. Many vineyards with huge acres of vines to prune may work all winter, but we prefer to prune in the spring. In the spring, any winter damage that has occurred will be visible and pruning adjustments will be made.

Do Michigan vines need to be grafted?

Most vinifera vines that are grown (such as Cabernet, Reisling, etc) need to be grafted on to a strong rootstock because they are not tolerant of the Phloxera louse, a pest that will kill the vines. Most all vines in California and any vinifera vine grown in Michigan are grafted for this reason.

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Do grapes need a frost to ripen?

Absolutely not. There are early and late season varieties, an early season grape left on the vine until frost will be mushy and overripe.
 
Once a frost hits the vine and all the leaves are burned off, any further photosynthesis or ripening will cease...

How is our vineyard different than others?

I do not know any other vineyard that has more than 20 varieties of grapes and sells 100% U-PICK!

Since we are not a winery we do not keep the premium grapes for ourselves and sell what is left to local customers.

YOU are our only customers!

What is your favorite grape?

We get this asked of us all the time. Which grape makes the best wine, best jelly, best juice, etc. This is very difficult to answer & also varies from season to season. Many of our customers have very different tastes than we do.
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