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Project TitleRed Wine Grape 'Geneva Red'
Track Code2747
Short Description

'Geneva Red', selected from a cross of 'Buffalo' x 'Baco Noir' varieties, called the "working man's red," has proven to be a solid performer in the Finger Lakes

Abstract

'Geneva Red', selected from a cross of 'Buffalo' x 'Baco Noir' varieties, called the "working man's red," has proven to be a solid performer in the Finger Lakes. In vineyards, the grape is high yielding, very winter hardy, and disease resistant. In the winery, the grape can be used to make dark red wines with a classical aroma. It is easier to vinify than 'Baco Noir' (less acid) and although it makes a good red wine, it is particularly useful in blends. It is well suited for bulk hybrid blends as a substitute for the traditional 'Baco', 'DeChaunac', and 'Rougeon' varieties.

It is an early / mid-season red wine grape distinguished from other red varieties grown in cool climates by its high degree of winter hardiness, its adaptation to mechanized production systems, and ability to survive in older plantings where other red wine grapes are often lost due to tomato and tobacco ringspot virus infections. 'Geneva Red' is a highly productive, easy to manage cultivar recommended for all wine growing regions of New York. And, although winter hardiness is not a limiting factor, care must be taken in areas highly susceptible to spring frost damage.

Successful commercial 'Geneva Red' wines have been made as light (not heavily extracted) wines. 'Geneva Red' appears to be most suited to the production of standard quality table wine when combined with highly productive hybrid or vinifera wine varieties. Commercial wine makers have found 'Geneva Red' wines to be a valuable blending component in both hot and cool years.


Selected Current Licensees

 
Tagsagriculture, Commercially Available Varieties, Grape, life science, plant varieties
 
Posted DateJul 23, 2012 12:58 PM

Researcher

Name
Bruce Reisch

Manager

Name
Jessica Lyga
Michelle Shields

Additional Information

None

Licensing Contact

Jessica Lyga, TCLO
jml73@cornell.edu
607-255-0270

Files

File Name Description
Geneva Red bulletin Geneva Red bulletin Download
Cornell Grapes Comparison Chart Cornell Grapes Comparison Chart Download