The value of "Phoenix" lies in its thin-skinned, juicy berries. It is also insensitive to wind, making it suitable as a table grape for free-standing, wind-exposed pergolas ("Birstaler Muscat" is also good for this). Trellised on walls, "Phoenix" unfortunately often reveals its susceptibility to powdery mildew; in this case, it may only be saved with a sulphur treatment and sometimes must be eliminated completely. In the open country and in areas with little precipitation, however, this grapevine variety is an appealing table grape!
(German variety from "Bacchus" x "Villard blank")
"Phoenix" is not available at the moment.
"Phoenix" was originally bred for wine-making from "Bacchus" x "Villard blanc," but is also perfectly suitable as a 'table grape' (for eating). "Phoenix" is a robust and vigorous grape variety for sunny southeast to west facing walls. Fungus-tolerant, without particular soil requirements, with reliable flowering and an excellent yield every year. It is also suitable as a freestanding plant and for pergola greening in positions exposed to the wind. Beautiful yellow autumn foliage.
As of the 2nd or 3rd year: large, about 15 cm long clusters, very compact, with berries often tightly packed, high yield (weight to be considered for trellis design and vine training).
Green to yellow-green, also grey-yellow, approx. 1.5 - 2 cm, taste tartish-sweet to very sweet with a slight muscat aroma, thin skin; the few pips don't affect eating pleasure.
Moderately early-- about the beginning of September; heavy rains during ripening after a long dry spell can cause the berries to split and consequently rot, so you will need to harvest quickly (wasps will also be attracted!); preferably no more watering from August onward.
"Phoenix" is a registered variety; propagation is prohibited.