Grapes of The Hudson Valley

New York’s Hudson Valley has long been known as the birthplace of American wine, with roots dating to the 1600s. For centuries, the region’s challenging terroir has tested both viticulturalist and wine maker alike, spawning advances in cold-weather breeding, grape growing, and winemaking techniques. Grapes of the Hudson Valley is a practical guide for those who have an affinity for hybrid grapes and wines. Casscles enthusiastically shares his first-hand knowledge both in the vineyard and in the cellar to provide insight into the age-old vinifera vs. hybrid debate. His grape descriptions cover the common labrusca and French-American hybrids popular in northern America, as well as some forgotten varieties, and even vinifera, that can be successfully grown across the U.S., Canada, Northern Europe, and Northeast Asia. The new edition includes little-known grapes which continue to be used to develop new grape hybrids today, such as the E. S. Rogers hybrids – Agawam, Salem, Massasoit, Lindley, and Wilder – and grapes bred by other lesser-known New England breeders, such as Ephraim Bull, Captain Moore, Diana Crehore (one of the few women grape breeders in the U.S.). The author cultivates these and over 110 rare heritage French-American hybrids and 19th-century heritage grape varieties from the Hudson Valley on his farm in Athens, NY. Grapes of the Hudson Valley presents key information on winter hardiness, vigor, fruit productivity, and wine quality, and is a valuable companion for budding vineyardists, seasoned growers, and wine makers who share cool climates and short growing seasons. It will also appeal to wine drinkers everywhere who enjoy cold-weather grape varietals, properly fermented and in their glass.

Paperback: 352 pages, illustrated
Language: English

8 x 10 inches

Stephen Casscles comes from a fruit-growing family rooted in the Hudson Valley since the 1870s. Casscles’s own fruit-growing experience began in the 1970s, when he also produced his first wines. In 1990, he established a four-acre vineyard, Cedar Cliff, in Athens, NY, where he has concentrated on identifying, growing, evaluating, and propagating heirloom grape varieties that were first developed in New York in the mid-nineteenth century. Casscles was the winemaker at Hudson-Chatham Winery from 2008 to 2020. Currnetly, he directs the Hudson Valley Heritage Grape Project at Milea Estate Vineyards.

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