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Varietal Character

At home in the humidity of Florida, you yield more fruit than the Miami Gay Pride parade. Yes, you are quite an original; in fact, you are the original. Your family, Vitis Rotundifolia, were the first native Americans to yield wine. And the family name 'Rotunda-fullia' is so appropriate, with your plump clusters of fruit bearing greater resemblance to small apples than grape berries.

Appellations Growing Ison Grapes

Appellations producing the most Ison wines:

Ison Grape Details

ISON: Black, self-fertile V.rotundifolia (ie. Muscadine) variety patented by William Ison of Griffin, Georgia, USA. Very productive, normally ripens uniformly in early to mid-season, if dry-scarred, with good fruit (19%) sugars. Claimed as best black pollinator and is currently (1998) grown by a family winery in N. Carolina for use in creating a red, dry, varietal wine. (source: THE SUPER GIGANTIC Y2K WINEGRAPE GLOSSARY by Anthony J. Hawkins This version updated 13-OCT-2007)