grapes for wine - Knowledgebase Question

phoenix, Ar
Question by azparrothead
November 28, 2010
Not sure if my original went through. I bought 3

Answer from NGA
November 28, 2010


Vitis vinifera Cabernet Sauvignon does grow well in the Phoenix area and will produce grapes that will make good wine. The lower desert summer heat encourages some varieties to produce lots of sugar, creating a wonderfully sweet flavor. Interestingly, the heat also keeps some pigmented grapes from attaining full color, even when they are fully ripe. For example, flame seedless grapes stay green during the hottest months even when they are ready to eat. This will require you to perform taste tests for ripeness before picking your grapes. Best wishes with your grape growing and wine making project!

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