The value of "Phoenix" lies in its juicy, thin-skinned berries. Its insensitivity to wind makes it suitable for free-standing, wind-exposed pergolas (like the "Birstaler Muscat"). Trellised on walls, Phoenix may unfortunately soon reveal its susceptibility to powdery mildew. It can then only be saved with a sulphur treatment or must be removed completely. This is an appealing table grape variety for cultivating In the open field and in areas with little precipitation.
German variety from "Bacchus" x "Villard blank"
"Phoenix" is not available at the moment.
Originally cultivated for winemaking, this variety is also perfectly suited for producing table grapes. "Phoenix" is a robust and vigorous variety for sunny southeast to west facing walls. Fungus-tolerant, but somewhat susceptible to powdery mildew. No special, and easily adaptable to poor soils. Produces an excellent yield every year. Suitable (even ideal) as a freestanding plant and for pergola greening in positions exposed to the wind. Beautiful yellow foliage in autumn.
From the 2nd or 3rd year: large, about 15 cm long, very compact, with berries often tightly packed, high yeild. Take into account the weight of the bunches when planning supports and trellises.
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, few pips.
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.