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"Birstaler Muscat" ("Birchstaler Muscat")

"Muscat Birstaler" is one of varieties that we recommend for façade planting. It is our favourite as of 15 years of experience! The berry taste is neutral or slightly nutmeg-like, as it is expected with grapes, and without a disturbing "foxy" taste. The ripe grapes can be left on the stock for up to 6 weeks or longer and eaten gradually. At the same time, the resistance to mildew  is so high that no treatments are necessary. The grapes are hidden 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" - coin for scale

Availability / Price

Bare rooted from March - Mai, reservation is advised because of limited quantity. Available all year in plant pot 3.0 l.

Characteristics

"Birstaler Muscat" is a cross between the extremely high fruit-yielding  "Bacchus" and the fungus-resistant "Seyval Blanc," universally usable for table grapes, 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 glasshouse or plastic tent! In addition to that, flowering is 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 maturation. Apart from that, same as per "Palatina." The pictured grape from the research garden Radebeul stems from a non-thinned plant, hence the relatively small berries.

Grapes

From 2nd or 3rd year, medium to large size, 15 to 25 cm long, berries loosely arranged. Yield is regularly very high, manual thinning 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, diameter approx. 1.5-2.0cm, taste fruity sweet with a delicate muscat aroma, very few pips.

Ripeness for consumption

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

Note:

"Birstaler Muscat" is a registered variety, propagation is prohibited!

Grapes of "Birstaler Muskat"
Grapevine "Birstaler Muskat" in a garden
"Birstaler Muskat" in a small green house. Picture with friendly permission of Dr. Michael Braune. Nienburg / Weser
Table grapes "Birstaler Muskat"
Green-yellow table grape "Birstaler Muskat"