Grapes to Grow
The grapes you grow – either to sell or to make into a wine – is a huge decision based on many factors.
- Does your site support the grapes you’d like to grow? Shady, cool site? Say goodbye to Cabernet Sauvignon!
- Is there a commercial demand for the grapes? If you’re selling grapes only, do wineries want the grapes you have? If you’re making wine, are you able to creatively market a grape that might have an unusual name, and little market visibility?
- Is it possible to get the vines you’re interested in?
- Is the varietal susceptible to insect damage, and disease? And if so, are you prepared to manage these issues?
The Maryland Grape Growers Association has a Recommended Wine Grape Varieties section of their site.
State Viticulturist, Dr. Joe Fiola, has developed a must-review slide show of cultivars being researched across the state.