Louise Swenson

Louise Swenson

One of a long line of winter hardy hybrids developed by Elmer Swenson, Louise Swenson is a very cold-tolerant variety. It is reported cold hardy to an amazing -40 F. (-40 C.), with occasional winter injury in severe seasons. The grapes of the vine have naturally low-sugar,with only moderate acidity. This result of a cross between ES 2-3-17 and Kay Gray, is used to produce white wine, with a delicate aroma of honey and flowers. Due to its low natural sugar levels, wine made from Louise Swenson grapes tend to be light-bodied. Often fuller bodied wines are blended with wine made from Louise Swenson to make a more complete product. Other disadvantages of Louise Swenson include a need to irrigate in dry years, and some vulnerability to Anthracnose.

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    From the article Your Vermont Wine Guide, Part One


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