Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Blattner modern grape varieties do well on Vancouver Island

Here's an article about Valentin Blattner's grapes' succeeding in Canada. (Note: The link doesn't work right--you have to go the magazine's website, then enter "Blattner" in the magazine's search box, and then you can get the article.)

Exciting stuff! I imported these grapes to SW WA, at Epona Vineyard, and will have cuttings available in a couple of years. I've met Paul (that's him in the photo) and one of the winemakers mentioned in the article. And that fruit--48.05.83--is very special. It makes a good Bordeaux-blend style of wine.


  1. Hey there!
    Can you point me in the the right direction as far as what zone cab foch, cab libre or cab noir would thrive in? I am in zone 6 Pittsburgh pa and these particular vines sound very interesting. But, there is little info on where they are happiest. Cheers!

  2. So sorry I just noticed your comment! I don't have experience with those grapes, but I think they would probably need the heat present in places like: SE WA; MO, VA, perhaps west TX. Much of CA. Not sure if PA has enough heat, but always worth a try! Thanks for your comment. - Kenton


2019 Grape Harvest Report, SW Washington

Harvest 2019: The Good, The Ugly 1. The Ugly:  a. Bud break was two weeks late here on the Wet Side (of the Cascades), and summer was...