Lecture 4 - The Grape Family Tree (Grape #2).docx - Lecture 4 The Grape Family Tree Hundreds of species in the Vitis Genus o There is a division of true

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Lecture 4: The Grape Family Tree Hundreds of species in the Vitis Genus o There is a division of true grapes muscadinia and euvitis are the subspecies. The rest are species. So you would say “Vitis Californica” o o Offshoot of muscadine: handful species located just in North America However, most of them are not even made of wine. A lot aren’t even eaten You’ll find them growing everywhere Really, none of them are used too much o Eurasian This is a condensed amount there are way more Vitus Vinifera: this is the 99% of wine production This is a European species from 10,000 years ago Mighty morpher adapts rapidly Vitis Aestivals o Vitis Labrusca: one of the main North American species Found primarily in Canada and the northeastern US
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Although some grapes of this species are grown in South America The Concord variety is the best known subspecies, followed by the Catawba, Niagara, and the Delaware o Concord is best known as Jelly and grape juice o Unfermented grape juice, especially during prohibition This is what Americans think of when you hear “grape flavor” Grapes from this species have a pronounces musty, grapey, foxy, candied strawberry/musty quality Eastern seaboard native o Vitis Rupestris o *Boyer will talk about these Euvitis North American species Vitis Rotundifolia Muscadinia North American species o the group as a whole is often referred to as MUSCADINE grapes, native to the southeastern and south-central US from Florida to Delaware, west to eastern
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