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Red Grapes

Cabernet Sauvignon: Cabernet Sauvignon was our first varietal planted in 2007; A Vitis vinifera it is one of the worlds most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. Long thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. The grapes have particularly thick skins, resulting in dark purple wines that are full bodied, intensely flavored and long lasting. The wines display a range of flavors from brambly black fruit to cassis, mint and even mild green pepper.  In many aspects, Cabernet Sauvignon can reflect the desires and personality of the winemaker while still presenting familiar flavors that express the typical character of the variety. Stop in and try our 2016 vintage as this was our last vintage from these vines.

Chambourcin: A purple-skinned, French-American hybrid grape that is more readily available in the United States and Australia than in its homeland, France. Commercially released in 1963 its parentage is uncertain. Chambourcin can produce deep-colored wines of light to medium body with fruity aromas, black cherry and plum flavors with earthy/spicy complexities. Chambourcin goes well with barbecue, pork, grilled dishes, and dark chocolate. Stone Pillar’s Estate grown Chambourcin is a favorite among dry red drinkers and is also found in our Red Neck Rose’, Joceaux, and Prairie Fire Wines.

Catawba: A North American hybrid red grape. Although the grape is technically considered a "red wine" grape, Catawba produces rosés of varying shades of pink and white wines. The genetic structure of the hybrid is unclear; Vitis Labrusca is accepted as one parent but a range of other native species is potentially involved. Catawba grapes were introduced to wine-growers in the 1800s by Major John Adlum of Georgetown, D.C. and played a significant role in the early history of American wine. During the early to mid-19th century, it was the most widely planted grape variety in the country and was the grape behind Nicholas Longworth's acclaimed Ohio sparkling wines that were distributed as far away as California and Europe. Catawba is one of the grapes used to make our customer favorite Prairie Star Blush!

Steuben: Steuben or Ambrosia is a French-American hybrid grape. A black-skinned grape created in 1925 by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station- a location which works hard to develop grapes that are tasty, but which can also withstand the frigid cold temperatures found in many northern states and Canada. It is a cross of Wayne and Sheridan. Steuben is spicy and sweet, with hints of honey (thus its nickname ambrosia). The Steuben grape has been called "the very best" for juice. It is used not only as a wine grape but also as an eating grape and a jelly grape. The vines produce medium to large berries that are sweet, spicy, and full of flavor. A beautiful pink color is the result. Steuben is one of the grapes used to make our award-winning Prairie Star Blush Wine!

Atchison Vineyard Grape Varietals

St Vincent: A French-American hybrid cold hardy red wine grape variety discovered in Missouri in the 1970’s. Its parentage is uncertain, but may be a chance seedling resulting from a cross between ‘Pinot Noir’ and ‘Chambourcin’, both of which were growing next to each other in a vineyard.  Wine Characteristics have been described like a young Italian Chianti. The color is bright red to brick red and the nose is complex but light with cherry, nutty and smoky overtones. St. Vincent can make excellent rosé and sparkling wine. St. Vincent is in our Joceaux and Prairie Fire Wines; we also just released our 2012 Single Barrel St. Vincent.

Leon Millot: A dark-skinned French-American hybrid grape that is widely grown in the United States, Canada and, Alsace and Switzerland. The variety is the genetic twin of Marechal Foch. It ripens very early in the vineyard, making it suitable for marginal regions where the growing season is limited. As a wine, Léon Millot is light to medium bodied with very deep color and a range of berry aromas. Stop in and try our Prairie Fire red wine which features this grape.

Chambourcin, Catawba, and Steuben (See descriptions above)