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White Grapes

Riesling: A Vitis vinifera white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling is a versatile wine for pairing with food, because of its balance of sugar and acidity. It can be paired with white fish or pork, and is one of the few wines that can stand up to the stronger flavors and spices of Thai and Chinese cuisine. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine's place of origin. Stop in and try one of our styles of Riesling: Dry, Sweet or Sparkling.

Melody: An interspecific hybrid white wine grape variety produced in New York State in 1965 and released to the public in 1985. It is a cross of Seyval Blanc and Geneva White 5 grapes. Melody produces a light white with notes of peach and honeysuckle, and refreshing acidity, even at low sugar levels. We currently have a semi-sweet and dry Melody available.

Vignoles: A complex hybrid wine grape variety produced from a cross made by J.F. Ravat of two grapes, Seibel 8665 and Pinot de cortonVignoles is used to produce wines ranging in flavor from dry to a sweet, late harvest dessert wine. Vignoles' luscious floral aroma and fruity flavors of citrus, pineapple and apricot are like a German Riesling. Vignoles is an ideal accompaniment with Asian cuisine, fresh fruit and fruit desserts. Stop in and try our Late Harvest Vignoles.

Cayuga: This French-American hybrid grape is a cross between the Seyval Grape and the Schuylar grape; specifically designed at Cornell University for the cold-climate conditions of New York State's Finger Lakes region. Reminiscent of "traditional", more well-known wines such as the Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or a "light" White Riesling the Cayuga White Grape makes a soft, light fruity, crisp semi-dry (or dry) wine that is extremely palatable to most white wine connoisseurs. Our Cayuga can be served with appetizers, or with any main course that you would serve a light-white wine with.

Rkatsiteli: Rkatsiteli (Pronounced "rkah-tsee-tely"); is a Vitis vinifera grape used to produce white wine. This ancient vinifera originates in Georgia and is one of the oldest grape varieties. In Georgia, clay vessels were found with seeds of Rkatsiteli grapes which date back to 3000 BC. This grape is starting to catch hold in the United States, where a handful of wineries are producing Rkatsiteli wine. The first American winery to grow and cultivate Rkatsiteli was Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport, New York. Rkatsiteli makes noticeably acidic, balanced white wine with spicy and floral notes in the aroma. Stop in and try this unique wine.

Atchison Vineyard Grape Varietals

Seyval: The most successful of a series of French-American hybrid grapes developed by Bertille Seyve and Victor Villard in the mid-20th Century. The pedigree parents are listed as Seibel 5656 x Seibel 4986. It has found considerable success in the United States and Canada and England, where it is the most widely planted wine grape. This green-skinned grape variety can be used to make high quality white wines of a range of styles. Seyval was one of Stone Pillar’s first wines released in 2010.

La Crosse: A light-skinned cold hardy hybrid grape variety bred in the US state of Wisconsin. It is a complex crossing that counts Vitis vinifera and Vitis labrusca in its ancestry, and has Seyval Blanc as a parent, and Saint-Pepin as a sibling. La Crosse was first bred by Elmer Swenson in the early 1970s, and was released for commercial use in 1983. It is named after a city on the banks of the Mississippi river in Wisconsin. It is somewhat hardier than Seyval with cold hardiness to around -25°F. La Crosse grapes can produce good quality, clean, fruity white wines of moderate acidity. They are often made in a dry or semi-dry style. La Crosse is one of the grapes in Hofftoberfest, Stone Pillar’s most popular wine.

Villard Blanc: Grown in the cooler areas of the northern U.S. and Canada, this French-American hybrid is mostly used to make a fruity, mildly intense white wine. Created by French horticulturalist Bertille Seyve and his father-in-law Victor Villard (father and grandfather of grape breeder Joannes Seyve). Villard blanc was produced as a crossing of two Seibel grapes, Le Subereux and Seibel 6468. Still widely planted in France, it is productive, vigorous and resists fungal disease. Villard Blanc was one of the first wines Stone Pillar produced.

Edelweiss: Hybrid grape derived from crossing the Minnesota 78 and Ontario grapes. Edelweiss has strong resistance to grape disease and fungus and can tolerate negative thirty-five-degree temperatures. Edelweiss was introduced by Elmer Swenson, at the University of Minnesota in 1980. It was first developed as a table grape. The clusters are large and rather loose, weighing a pound or more. Edelweiss is an early ripening white grape that produces large clusters of medium-sized fruit that are sweet and has a pleasant flavor. Its high sugar content makes it an excellent dessert white wine grape. Edelweiss is one of the grape blends in our Hofftoberfest.

Cayuga and Riesling (See descriptions above)