Reportedly named after a famous southern belle, Isabella was allegedly discovered in North Carolina. This grape is believed to be a hybrid of a Vitis labrusca grape and an unknown Vitis vinifera.

In New York State, small acreages of Isabella can still be found. Here, it is used in the production of some varietal and sparkling wine and as a table grape. Cold resistant, Isabella's greatest success may be in the former Soviet Union. Here, it is used for both juice production and wine making.

In Eastern Europe, Isabella is called many names, such as Seksarda in Croatia, and Izabella in Hungary and Georgia. As Fragola, it is cultivated in the cooler areas of Italy and Australia. In New Zealand, the Kiwi version is called Albany Surprise. Large acreages of this grape are grown in Brazil, where it is easily the leading vine. It is found in other areas of South America, as well as in Portugal, and Japan. Altogether, the vine has more than 50 aliases and can be found in a number of far flung regions. Although Read more »

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  • I made my own wine a few years ago from grapes grown in the garden. Two vines of Fragola Isabella, which in a good year produced 350kg of fruit. Read More

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  • Hello, I like wine. I'm originally from the UK though I've lived in and worked in Rome for the last 21 years. My father has been a research chemist and French-wine collector for considerably longer, hence my education in wine starting at an early age.My favourite white wines are Inzolia, Malvasia, and Muscat. While my favourite reds are Nero di ... Read More

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  • Too young to understand the actress' mystique.  You took the words ... enough to enjoy her daughter Isabella Rossellini in her prime, so I was probably in my early twenties, like actually twenty.  I first watched and really got Casablanca during grad week at the end of college, so I was not even twenty-one.  But I was clueless as to why my fat... Read More

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  • I've never really like Isabella that much, mainly because she was only a pale shadow of her mother. If there hadn't been (or I didn't know) that relationship, I probably would've liked her better.That girlfriend of mine was more house/trance for dancing and world music, including chillout stuff like Buddha Bar and Cafe Del Mar, for ambient liste... Read More

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  • After much agony and discernment, I have chosen the official wine for my Super Bowl party this year. Over the 9 years I've hosted this event, it is probably the least exotic selection, not to mention least expensive.  Given the fact chili is the main dish (oh please, don't turn your nose. After all, we're American pigskin fans, not Bolsheviks), ... Read More

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  • Dutton Estate Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Karmen Isabella 2010


    Just a fantastic Russian River pinot! Both dark and bright red cherry, green plum, along with some other subtle citrus and a touch of cranberry on the back end. Excellent mouth watering acidity, great balance between the fruit, acid and alcohol, and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Woodward Canyon Dolcetto Estate Bottled 2012


    The wine is a deep ruby in the glass, with great color and legs. The nose is just terrific, with rich aromas of leather, ripe berries and mineral notes. The taste is lovely, with a blast of fresh fruit at the outset, strawberries, blackberries and cherries, which effortlessly transition to some notes of dusty limestone, cocoa powder and warm s... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • San Quirico Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva Isabella 2006


    Excellent vernaccia that L brought back from her Italy trip. Almonds, honey, ripe stone fruits (ripe pear and peach), excellent acidity and a long full finish. This is a big white that is still going strong. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Le Baron Ranch School Car Petite Syrah 2010


    good one! but surprisingly reminds Isabella grape. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Lykhny 2012


    Love it - i wish i could find it in the US! Read More

    Wine review by Kabo

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