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Table Grape "Mitschurinski"

The value of "Mischurinski" lies in its extreme hardiness (frost resistance) in very cold climates. However, the table grape variety tends to "drop" (from the vine) and is somewhat susceptible to mildew on facades. An alternative could be "Regent."

  (variety from the former Soviet Union; see below)

Grapevine "Mitschurinski" on a wall, 10-cent piece to scale

Characteristics

"Mitschurinski" was bred in the former Soviet Union as a table grape for very cold regions; it is named after the famous Russian grapevine grower/breeder Mitschurin. This grape was developed by crossing a pollen mix from mid-European grapevines, amongst others (most likely "Muskattrollinger") with the highly frost-resistant Amur Grape "Vitis amurensis" and was cultivated to some extent in former East Germany. It is only moderately fungus-tolerant, and susceptible to powdery mildew especially in the vicinity of wine-growing areas (high risk). Its value lies in its short growing time, the associated early maturation, and its very high frost hardiness (up to -35 degrees Celsius!), which makes it suitable for less optimal conditions and locations like low mountain ranges. For the lowlands, other varieties described in this section are preferable. Can be grown as a staked freestanding plant up to about 400 metres high. Up to 700 m high, it should only be planted against sunny, sheltered walls. In enclosed valleys (cold air lakes), it is susceptible to late frosts; in wind-exposed positions, it is prone to "drop" / have a poor fruit set. Foliage turns yellow at the end of summer. Average but consistent yield.

Grape Clusters

As of the 2nd or 3rd year onward: 15 - 20 cm long clusters, typically reddish pedicels (stalks), loosely arranged berries, moderately suitable for transport and storage; some berries remain small and green due to poor fruit set.

Berries (Grapes)

From mid-summer onward: berries turn blue, are split-resistant, 1 - 1.8 cm, strong skin, flavour mild and neutral, little acidity, fruity-sweet, minimally susceptible to wasp attack due to strong skin (which affects eating only minimally).

Ripeness for Consumption

Early to very early: in the lowlands- starting around August; in low mountain ranges- September.

Grape variety "Mitschurinski," 10-cent-coin for scale