‘Victoria Red’ Grape in South Mississippi

Last year I planted some ‘Victoria Red’ in Poplarville, MS.  They are not part of a study, but rather for observation — what kind of diseases will show up, how much to they produce, and will they survive?  So far, things have worked out okay.  Right now they are rolling on toward harvest.  This is the first year they are being fruited, so I don’t want to jump to too many conclusions yet.  At this point, I see some variability in cluster size.  I also see symptoms of Pierce’s Disease.  Whether or not these symptoms will lead to the demise of the vine is to be determined.  Below are a few photos that I took a couple weeks ago, as the clusters were starting veraison.

Victoria Red cluster starting veraison.  This cluster is more compact than some others.

Victoria Red cluster starting veraison. This cluster is more compact than some others.

Another Victoria Red cluster.  This one is longer and less compact.

Another Victoria Red cluster. This one is longer and less compact.

Symptoms of Pierce's Disease on Victoria Red

Symptoms of Pierce’s Disease on Victoria Red

Next year will really be interesting on these vines.  I only have fewer than a dozen, but they should yield some nice fruit (I hope).  If you are interested you can find more information on Victoria Red at this link:

http://www.plantanswers.com/Articles/Grape_VictoriaRed.asp

Getting vines is difficult.  I see that Double A Vineyards advertises them but is out of stock.  Your best bet may be to get some from a nursery in Texas (where the cultivar was tested and released from).  I will continue to update the progress of this promising cultivar.

 

 

5 thoughts on “‘Victoria Red’ Grape in South Mississippi

  1. Hi, Thanks for the information. I found some Victoria Red grapevines being sold at my local HEB in San Antonio Tx. Do you have any updates on your vines? I plan on planting a small 3-6 vine vinyard in my backyard, however, I have a friend that has 5 acers that I could expand out to if they do well.
    Thanks,
    Erik

  2. I have not had great success with them so far in south Mississippi. They are very susceptible to anthracnose, which in our climate is tough to combat. However, I understand that in Texas the VR has been much better — probably attributable to drier conditions. The fruit is attractive and large, although I have seen variable cluster sizes. It is well worth having 3-6 vines, but I would wait and see how they grow for you before expanding. It is a table grape and not a wine grape, so it could be possibly sold at local markets or as a PYO.

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