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Appellations Growing Concord Grapes
Appellations producing the most Concord wines:
Concord Grape Details
Introduced to the northeastern United States by Ephraim Bull around 1850, Concord is a historically-important and very hardy Native American Vitus labrusca cultivar. In 1869, Dr. Thomas Welch used the grape to process fresh grape juice. Welch’s bottled grape juice industry continues to thrive to this day. Currently, Concord is responsible for over half a million tons of grapes, produced in Washington State, the eastern states and Ontario. Much of Concord’s production is destined for juice, jelly or for table grapes. However, a significant amount is used to make sweet-finished wine – much of which is made kosher. It typically ripens by mid-late October. Like its popular offspring Niagara, it produces small vines and low crops, unless grafted onto a good growth rootstock and planted in soils of optimum fertility.