“Red, Red Wine, Stay close to me……” Can you just hear UB 40 crooning that old favorite tune with its reggae beat? How many other songs have been written about the fermentation of this revered fruit?
The history of grapes is as old as the history of mankind. There is evidence that as far back as Ancient Egypt, man has been transforming grapes into wine, one of the world’s finest symbols of romance.
But even before it is transformed into that delicate, fermented beverage, grapes are linked symbolically with love, fertility and virility. The ancient Romans, acknowledged as the first civilization to cultivate grape vines, made both grapes and wine emblems of Bacchus, god of ecstasy (not to mention fertility). Even pre-dating the Romans, in ancient Greece it was a tradition to give clusters to newlyweds in the belief that the grape’s seeds would bless the couple with many children.
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Grapes are a natural for the seductor’s arsenal. The sweet jewels are the perfect finger food - and one packed with age-defying anti-oxidants. Grape seed oil also has excellent free radical-fighting effects, used as either cooking or massage oil. There is also evidence that these little fruits of seduction could prove powerful in the fight against cancer.
Grapes have a long and abundant history. While they';ve grown wild since prehistoric times, evidence suggests they were cultivated in Asia as early as 5000 BC. The grape also played a role in numerous biblical stories, being referred to as the "fruit of the vine." Grapes were pictured in hieroglyphics in ancient Egyptian burial tombs.
According to the "Food and Agriculture Organization" 75,866 square kilometers of the world are dedicated to the cultivation of grapes. Aproximately 71% of world grape production is used for wine, 27% as fresh fruit, and 2% as dried fruit. A portion of grape production goes to producing grape juice to be used as a sweetener for fruits canned "with no added sugar" and "100% natural". The area dedicated to vineyards is increasing by about 2% per year. Here in New Zealand we certainly see (and welcome) this trend. There has been phenomenal growth in the industry from about 7000 hectares of cultivated vineyards in 1997 to more than 23,000 hectares in 2007. The industry standards ensure sustainability and the production of world class fruit of the vine and its resultant wine.
The ideal place for the home gardener to grow a grape vine is over a pergola which covers a deck or patio area. Because the vine is deciduous, it will lose all its leaves in the winter months, allowing the sun to shine through, whilst it will provide dense shade and fruit for the plucking in the summer months. The rapid growth of the vine requires that it is pruned hard each year, preferably after the winter frosts are over. Visit Wairere and choose from one of our excellent selection.
A popular NZ bred table grape that ripens towards the end of autumn. Good weather and disease resistance. Large-medium black fruit that look and taste great with an aromatic spicy flavour. Grapes will grow in most soils but do better with good drainage and of course they love the sun. Deciduous.
A high quality Table Grape with reddish-black fruit with an attractive bloom. The flesh is green, tender and juicy with a hint of spice. Regular generous cropper that shows good disease resistance. Ripe around Feb-March. Plant in a sunny well drained position. Deciduous.
A delicious grape with a thin dark red skin. The grapes are seedless have a lovely delicate flavour. Crops well with medium sized bunches that are ripe in summer. The vine shows good disease resistance. Plant in a sunny well drained position and only prune in winter after leaf fall. Deciduous.
Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: Climber
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A really sweet table grape known for it's large seeds. Dark red firm fruit. A cross of the Flame Seedless and Ribier table grapes. Originally produced in California and often used for making raisins. Plant in a sunny spot in well drained soil. Prune each season to promote fruit production. Deciduous.
A very hardy Grape variety with good disease resistance and the ability to grow in coastal conditions. Heavy crops of sweet pinkish grapes, medium in size, ripe March-April. Grapes will grow in most soils but do better with good drainage and of course they love the sun. Deciduous.
A top rated Table Grape that has beautiful golden yellow bunches that are ready to eat around March-April. Delicate musky flavour. Not seedless. Plant in a sunny, sheltered, well drained position. Do any pruning in winter after leaf fall. Deciduous.
This grape is quite compact in habit though obviously will still need quite a bit of space and support. The skin and flesh are greenish white and have a tangy flavour. The grapes are ripe around March. Shows good disease resistance. Happy in the sun with good drainage. Winter prune only. Deciduous.
This grape is rated as absolutely the best for flavour. The oval reddish-blue fruits have are aromatic with an intense rich Muscat flavour. A hardy and vigorous tendril climber that is happiest in a sunny, sheltered position. Ripe around Feb-March. Deciduous.
Bred in America in 1882 and still one of the most popular table grapes in the States today. Large juicy oval fruits that are an attractive green shade and pleasantly aromatic. The fruit is sweet, can be used for juice, wine making or simply popping straight into your mouth! Ripe March-April.
A nice table grape with deep purple to black bunches of grapes which are produced regularly and reliably. Ripe around March-April. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and prune in winter after autumn leaf fall. Deciduous.