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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  • 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

  • Asconi Old Tavern Red Dessert 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by uniximports

  • Goose Watch Rosé Blend Cayuga Lake Rose' of Isabella 2011


    Way too sweet. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Monk's Order 2011


    ok, i'm not a big lover of sweet wines but i try my best.First of all the ... ... but it has very nice sweet "Isabella" hints and deep well balanced tast Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Woodward Canyon Merlot Columbia Valley 2010


    This was part of a wonderful trip to Walla Walla Valley this past holiday season! Fruity nose. This was a light merlot with plenty of tannins to boost with very earthy, woody note that reminds one of moist tree bark. Interesting Merlot! For more on the Walla Walla trip, please visit Read More

    Wine review by shsim

  • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley NV


    This was part of a wonderful trip to Walla Walla Valley this past holiday season!This was a meaty savory red blend with plenty of tannins. It was almost sticky, and the Cabernet franc I believe made it much lighter than it would have been. This would be great for everyday drinking!For more information, please visit Read More

    Wine review by shsim

  • Hello everyone, my name is ApelsecS and I'm alcoholic =D sorry for this joke but this was the first thing in my mind when i've seen this part of forum =)Ok, I'm from Russia but stay half time in California, so I have a good opportunity to try both US and European wines. I'm not a big professional and started this hobby some years ago, so don't b... Read More

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  • Lykhny 2012


    "Lykhny" is one of the most famouse and favorite semi-sweet table wines in ... ... and very specific burst of Isabella on the nose with hints of vanilla. This aroma takes me back to my childhood when Isabella grapes were popular on market and we often bought some to eat...Wine has a very light and delicate taste that starts sweety and then bec... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

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