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The Concord Grape is one of the most popular grapes in our vineyard.  From winemaking to jelly to fresh eating, everybody loves them.  We have more than an acre of them for you to pick.

"Just about everyone, wine consumer and abstainer alike, knows the name Concord. It may have been the first sip of wine to pass the lips of many grapeharvestbeginner wine drinkers. Over 300,000 tons of Concord grapes are destined each year for the consumer as table grapes or unfermented grape juice found in the juice aisle or frozen juice section of the supermarket.

Concord is also grown extensively as a backyard garden grape. Many families look forward to picking these grapes each year to make homemade Concord pies, grape jam, jelly and estate-made wine. " (from Winemaker Magazine)

This page is a source for everything you want to know about the concord grape.  It has links to other sites, U-Tube Videos, winemaking recipes and more...




 Concord Jelly Making

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 Concord Winemaking 

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History of Concord



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Cooking with Concord

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 redwine-icon   Ripens Late September  --  Very popular grape for juice & jelly. Makes a very fruity wine.

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

Concord is most recognized as a grape for juice or jelly.

Most people like concord wine with a sweet finish. Mogan David has made this type of wine one of their best sellers.

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redwine-icon  Variety Info --  The Concord grape was developed in 1849 by Ephraim Wales Bull in Conord, Massachusetts. Bull planted seeds from wild Vitis labrusca and evaluated over 20,000 seedlings before finding what he considered the perfect grape, the original vine of which still grows at his former home. The pollen parent is unknown, but although 'Concord' is frequently considered to be basically a Vitis labrusca cultivar, some have argued that the hermaphrodite flowers suggest at least a small amount of Vitis vinifera in its pedigree.

This trait has not been proven to exist in any native American grapes. However, Concord is definitely much more labrusca-like in its characteristics than vinifera-like. Many consider the likely male parent to have been Catawba, itself probably half Vitis labrusca, which Bull had growing nearby. Therefore it is more properly termed "Vitis x labruscana" rather than "Vitis labrusca".

In 1853, Bull's grape won first place at the Boston Horticultural Society Exhibition. It was then introduced to the market in 1854. Dr. Thomas Bramwell Welch developed the first 'Concord' grape juice in 1869. Through the process of pasteurization, the juice did not ferment. Welch originally introduced the grape juice to his church, to be used for communion.

Concord grapes are often used to make grape jelly and are occasionally available as table grapes, especially in New England and also in Texas. They are the usual grapes used in the jelly for the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and 'Concord' jelly is universally sold in U.S. supermarkets. 'Concord' grapes are used for grape juice, and their distinctive purple color has led to grape flavored soft drinks and candy being artificially colored purple.

Recently, white grape juice with a milder flavor and less ability to stain fabric, primarily from 'Niagara' grapes, has risen in popularity at the expense of 'Concord' juice. The dark colored 'Concord' juice is used in some churches as a non-alcoholic alternative to wine in the service of communion.

In the United States, more than 400,000 tons of Concord grapes are harvested in the northern regions and Pacific Northwest. Washington produces the most, followed by New York. This is about 8% of the total U.S. grape harvest. However, the enforced preference for bland seedless grapes has all but banished the concord grape from grocery produce racks.

The Concord grape is particularly prone to the physiological disorder Black leaf.

Purple grape juice contains the most antioxidants, which are believed to help reduce premature aging and minimize heart disease and other chronically disabling diseases.




Where is Concord in the vineyard? - Click here or on the map image for a larger view.


  • Rows 1 and 2
  • Rows 48 and 49
  • Rows 84 to 87 North
  • Rows 84 to 86 South

Each row has about 50 vines.

Rows 1 & 2 were part of the original vineyard planted in 1983. Concord has been very popular and more rows have been planted over the years. The last planting (rows 84 to 86 south end) were done in 2005.

The rows on the East side of the vineyard are trained to a Geneva Double Curtain trellis, which means there are 2 top wires 4 feet apart (like utility poles) This gives the vines more room to grow.



redwineglass-tiny2-s    Where can I Purchase Concord Wine?

Concord is often used in commercial red blends.

St. Julien Winery in Michigan has many styles of conord wine. Mogan David Kosher Concord wine is available in all grocery stores.

Concord wine red blends can be usually purchased in Michigan from local wine shops and grocery stores.

Concord wine, jelly and juice grape



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