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"Birstaler Muscat" ("Birchstaler Muscat")

"Muscat Birstaler" is one of the varieties that we recommend for façade planting. From 15 years of experience, it is our favourite! The berry taste is neutral or slightly musky, as it is expected with grapes, and without a disturbing "foxy" taste. The ripe grapes can be left on the vine for up to 6 weeks or longer and eaten little by little. At the same time, the resistance to mildew is so high that no treatments are necessary. The grapes "hide" from birds and wasps. All this makes "Muscat Birstaler" one of the most valuable table grape varieties for facades!

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Grapes of "Muscat Birstal" - 10-cent coin for scale

Availability / Price

Bare-rooted from March - Mai. Reserving a plant (as early as January) is recommended because of limited quantity. Available all year as a potted vine (3 litre). 

Characteristics

"Birstaler Muscat" is a cross between the extremely high fruit-yielding "Bacchus" and the fungus-resistant "Seyval Blanc," universally applicable as a table grape, and particularly recommended for commercial organic cultivation due to the unusually high fungus resistance (even in humid years, in regions with generally high humidity such as North Germany and areas where mildew-affected vines in the neighbourhood jeopardise other nearby grapevines, such as in wine-growing regions). The high fungus resistance makes this grape also ideal for cultivation in a glass or vinyl/plastic greenhouse! Flowering is also very good and reliable, making it also suitable for cultivation on wind-exposed sites. Another advantage is the fact that the grapes can hang on the vines for a long time after full ripeness -- the extended "harvest window" extends the grape season! Another plus: yellow-green varieties-- unlike the blue ones -- are less visible to wasps and birds, and therefore more protected (although this is already the case with mass-plantings). Apart from that, same as per "Palatina." The pictured grape from the research garden Radebeul comes from a plant that has *not* been thinned out; hence the relatively small berries (only about 1.5 cm).

Grapes

From the 2nd or 3rd year-- medium to large size grapes, 15 to 25 cm long. Yield is usually very high, manual thinning down to 1-2 grape bunches per cane immediately after flowering is necessary for good berry size and to promote the ripening process.

Berries

Green-yellow to yellow, medium size with a diameter between 1.5 - 2cm, fruity sweet taste with a fine musk tone, very sweet and raisin-like when overripe after 6 weeks of hanging. Very few seeds.

Ripeness for Consumption

Early, around the beginning of September. Can remain on canes for a little longer (about 4-6 weeks) and be harvested gradually.

Note:

"Birstaler Muscat" is a protected variety-- propagation is prohibited!

Birstaler Muskat grapes
Grapevine "Birstaler Muskat" in a garden
"Birstaler Muskat" in a small green house. Photo- courtesy of Dr. Michael Braune. Nienburg / Weser
Table grapes "Birstaler Muskat"
Green-yellow table grape "Birstaler Muskat"