Table Grape "Mitschurinski"

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Grapevine "Mitschurinski" on a wall, 10 cent piece as size reference

Characteristic

"Mitschurinski" was bred in the former Soviet Union as a table grape for colder regions and its name honours the famous Russian 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 of attack). Its value lies in the short growing time, the associated early maturation and its very high frost hardiness (to -35 degrees Celsius!), which makes it suitable for less optimal positions, such as low mountain ranges. However, for the lowlands other varieties described in this section are preferable. Can be grown as staked freestanding plant up to about 400m altitude. Up to 700m altitude it should be only planted against sunny, sheltered walls. In enclosed valleys (cold air lakes) it is susceptible to late frosts, in wind exposed positions prone to "shatter" / poor fruit set. From late summer foliage turns yellow. Average but consistent yield.

Grapes

from 2nd or 3rd year, 15 to 20cm long, typically reddish pedicels (stalks), loosely arranged berries, moderately suitable for transport and storage, singular berries remain small and green due to poor fruit set.

Berries

from mid-summer turning blue, split-resistant, 1.0 to1.8cm, 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 from about August, low mountain ranges from September.