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Appellations Growing Elvira Grapes

Appellations producing the most Elvira wines:

Elvira Grape Details


Reportedly discovered in Missouri in 1870, this old-line complex american labrusca/riparia/vinifera (reported seedling of a Taylor x Martha crossing) variety is now considered to produce moderate quality white wines with strong "native" flavor. Elvira ripens at approximately the same time as Concord, is resistant to Mildew and its general hardiness recommends it for difficult growing areas. Currently used by at least two wineries in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Production in the Lake Erie region of New York state was recently (2002) reviewed and recommended as cost suitable as a wine blending agent. A new variety, named Ventura, that upgraded the older cultivar in its resistance to fruit cracking was released in the 1970's by the Ontario Horticultural Research Institute of Canada.