"Esther" is a fungus-tolerant Hungarian variety bred from "Eger 2" x "Magaracsi Esemege." The comparatively very early maturation makes it also suitable for less ideal positions (North Germany, high altitudes, open land with partial shade etc). A rather sheltered position is beneficial, as it is slightly susceptible to "shatter" and poor fruit set. Blazing red autumn foliage! This grape has an excellent mild taste and very few pips, indeed is regarded as almost pip- or seedless. However, this pleasant taste and the early maturation are also appreciated by wasps.. Growth is of medium vigour, and "Esther" is highly frost-hardy.
from 2nd or 3rd year, 10-20cm long, clearly "shouldered"
dark blue, 1.5 to 2.0cm, mild and very balanced flavour, crunchy, extremely few pips (0-1 pip, rarely 2 per berry), the smaller berries within the grape are usually free of pips.
very early, usually from end of August
"Esther" is a registered variety, propagation is prohibited!