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

steuben A Blue-Black Wine or Jelly Grape

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red-grape2-s   Ripens Late September  --  A blue-black grape ripening shortly after concord. Produces long, tapering, compact clusters that are among the most attractive of all dessert varieties. The flavor is sweet with a spicy tang. Makes a nice red or white dessert wine.


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

Steuben Grape (Ambrosia) 

Blue, black grape which is crushed and by pressing off the juice after a few hours gives the wine a beautiful pink color with a beautiful spicy aroma and floral overtones.

It has large berries that are very sweet, spicy, and full of flavor with hints of cranberry and honey. 

Steuben is a perfect match with Muenster cheese and can be served with smoked meats, Chinese food, turkey, ham and game meats. Many people traditionally serve Steuben with their Thanksgiving meal

Steuben Winemaking Recipes...



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

Steuben is ripe now - great taste!

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



red-grape2-s Variety Info -- Steuben (Wayne x Sheridan).

From Cornell's Geneva, New York experiment station. Big handsome clusters of large blue slipskin grapes that make excellent juice and are good eaten fresh.

Steuben's flavor is fruity and with a spicy character that is distinctly different and better than Concord.

If it had been released soon after it's development, it might have been a star. However, Steuben was kept in testing so long that when it was finally released, seedless grapes had become popular, making widespread acceptance of Steuben unlikely.

Resists cracking. Ripens about with Concord. The vines have good vigor and an open growth habit that makes them easy to train.

Consistently has two good clusters per shoot. In addition, Steuben has good general disease resistance and it will often have bright fall leaf color. A particularly nice grape for an arbor.

Hardy to at least -20F, though some reports suggest it's hardier than that. Train it to cordons and prune the spurs to two buds.



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

  • Row 5

Each row has about 50 vines.

Rows 5 was part of the original vineyard planted in 1983.

Steuben is a great addition to our vineyard as a late concord type that is slightly different.




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redwineglass-tiny2-s    Where can I Purchase Steuben Wine & Vines?

I have not seen Steuben wine sold in stores. It is very unique and most Steuben grapes go to the fresh market.

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

I have had some very nice home made white or rose' Steuben wines that have been excellent. However they are not available for purchase.


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steuben - A Blue-Black Wine or Jelly Grape

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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.


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.
My personal favorites as of April, 2007:


Do you recommend oak barrels for winemaking?
Oak barrels can be very useful in winemaking, but they can be problematic and I prefer glass carboys.

Oak barrels are excellent for large amounts of wine such as 55 gallons. The ration of air to wine is just right. When you use smaller barrels...

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