We grow four varieties of grapes: Reliance, Glenora, Himrod, and Alwood.
White grapes—which are popularly called green grapes–include amber and yellow and green grapes.
Black grapes—which are popularly called red grapes–include almost black, blue-purple, red, and pink blushed grapes.
Grapes will not continue ripening once picked from the vine. Test a few to see if they are too your liking before harvesting, usually in late summer-early fall.
Grapes can be stored for up to six weeks in the cellar, but grapes can absorb the odors of other fruits and vegetables, so keep them separate. Use cardboard boxes or crates lined with clean, dry straw. Separate bunches with straw or sawdust. Check often for spoilage.
Reliance: Ripens early to mid-season, very reliable. Produces large clusters of round, red, medium-sized berries with a semi-slip skin. The skins are tender and the flesh is melting in texture, with a sweet labrusca flavor. Coloring may be poor in some years, and fruit often crack in wet seasons.
Glenora: Ripens early to mid-season. Medium to large clusters of small to medium, seedless, blue-black grapes with tender skin. Sweet, spicy, fine textured, highly flavored flesh. Keeps well on the vine.
People who taste the fruit like it, saying it tastes “like blueberries.” It is sweet, crisp, seedless and flavorful. A favorite home garden grape.
Himrod: Very early ripening. It produces large bunches of medium size tender-skinned greenish-white berries with sweet, delicious, honey-like flavor and melting, juicy texture.
Alwood: Looks like a black Concord with larger berries, but ripens about 3 weeks earlier than Concord. Alwood has an unusually pronounced labrusca (foxzy) aroma that perfumes the air for some distance away from the vine.