Wild grapes Posted on October 6, 2014 by Julia at Home on 129 Acres 7 Along the edge of the back field, tangled in the bushes and trees is a vine of wild grapes. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related
Did you ever try making wine? We did once, in London of all places, where we moved into a big house and discovered a single grapevine growing over the garden shed. It was late fall, and the grapes were starting to turn into raisins, but our friend knew the process, and we got a few bottles of relatively dry white – quite delicious. Your grapes appear to be affected by the much-desired-by-the-Germans edelfaule, or “nobel rot.” You should try it next year, you might be able to create a nice dessert wine!
I had no idea that was a good thing! I’ve never tried making wine, and I actually don’t really like most wine, but I love ice wine (which is what we Canadians usually serve as a dessert wine).
Hi – Should’ve mention that edelfaule makes for great dessert wines! To quote from Wikipedia: “Noble rot is the benevolent form of a grey fungus, Botrytis cinerea . . . Infestation by Botrytis requires moist conditions. Grapes typically become infected with Botrytis when they are ripe. If they are then exposed to drier conditions and become partially raisined [it] is known as noble rot. Grapes when picked at a certain point during infestation can produce particularly fine and concentrated sweet wine. Some of the finest botrytized wines are literally picked berry by berry . . .” We love “eis wein;” a friend brings it from Austria, which is famous for it. We’ve also drunk excellent Canadian ice wines! Cheers!
Really interesting. Thanks for the detailed explanation.
We have a grapevine, and last year it got cleaned out by three baby raccoons. So cute I didn’t even mind! 🙂
Did you get to sample any yourself?
We did get a taste. They are lovely and sweet! No wonder the raccoon babies can’t resist them.