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Wine Grape Chambourcin


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The shiny, blue-black grapes are among the best of the French/American hybrids for home wine-making, producing a delicious deep red wine. (Vitis vinifera hybrid)

Zones 5 - 7
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 8-10' tall, 8-10' wide
Bloom Time Mid to late season harvest
Size Bareroot Plant - 1 year old

With its shiny almost-black grapes and handsome vines, Chambourcin is one of the best of the French/American hybrids for home wine-making. Produces a delicious, deep richly-colored red wine.

Choose a spot in the garden with good drainage in full sun. Chambourcin belongs to a class of French-American hybrids that are crosses between native American grapes and Vitus vinifera.

1. Plant in early spring as soon as your soil can be worked. Grapes will grow in most well draining soils with pH preferably between 5.6 and 6.4.
2. Place your rooted cutting in a hole large enough to spread roots in a downward outward fashion.
3. Fill hole, tamp soil around grape and water well. Prune cutting back to a single cane leaving 2-3 buds.
4. After danger of frost is past and growth has begun, remove all but the 2 strongest shoots per vine.

HARVEST TIME: Mid to late season

HABIT: Grapes require pruning and adapt well to many different shapes and forms. Ornamental trellises, arbors, or fences may be used to support your crop.

USAGE: Chambourcin produces a deep-colored wine with a full aromatic flavor. They are often served with dark chocolate (or desserts made from the chocolate), as the flavors of the wine and chocolate intermingle exceptionally well.

PLANTING TIPS: Keep well watered and weed free to ensure a good crop. Established grapes well adapted to your climate will produce grapes for many years. Prune your vines in early spring remembering that they bear fruit on one year old wood.

Common Name Wine Grape
Botanical Name Vitis vinifera hybrid Chambourcin
Zones 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 8-10' tall
Estimated Mature Spread 8-10' wide
Bloom Time Mid to late season harvest
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Birds, Edible
Prohibited In California, Idaho, Mississippi, New York, Oregon, Washington
Edible? Yes
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Good First Year Growth


from Aurora, IL

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      Comments about American Meadows Wine Grape Chambourcin:

      I am growing these on a trellis system and they have reached exactly where I wanted them during the first year. The root system seems to be doing very well and should be ready for the winter.


      Great grape variety!


      from Bedfor, NH

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      • Reliable Growth


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          Comments about American Meadows Wine Grape Chambourcin:

          I can't wait until next year! I planted these vines in the spring and they grew rapidly. To promote root growth in their first season, I snipped off the grapes. Not so next spring. I am looking foward to making my own wine in a few more years too!

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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