The Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association has agreed on the establishment of a benchmark white wine for the region
with strict rules about wine style and formulation to help create a clear identity for the region. They have chosen Seyval Blanc, blended with a choice of Vignoles, Vidal or Cayuga White—varietals that are well adapted to growing conditions here, that combine to produce a well balanced wine called Hudson Heritage White.
Seyval Blanc – French American hybrid grape. Heavy producing white. Most widely planted white grape in the Hudson Valley that produces good sugar and acid balance. Usually blended with other varieties.
Baco Noir – French American hybrid grape. Produces medium bodied, deeply tinted red wine with aromas of vanilla and chocolate and with good acid balance
Chardonnay – French Vinifera grape. Fruity, with a smoky vanilla and butter flavors and aromas if barrel fermented. Most widely planted vinifera grape in the Hudson Valley.
Cabernet Franc – Red vinifera grape best suited for growning in the Hudson Valley. Produces a wine with soft tannins, good fruit with a peppery nose and usually found in Bordeaux style blends.
Pinot Noir – Medium bodied red wine with aromas of black cherries, raspberries, and currants.
Gamay Noir – Medium bodied red wine that is a clone of Pinot Noir. French vinifera grape dating back to the 15th century. Produces a wine with elements of cherries and cranberries. Sometimes made into an early season Nouveau
Vignoles – White wine that can be made into a dry wine or late harvest wine. Floral aromas and fruity flavors of pineapple and apricot.
Riesling – A crisp white wine characterized by mineral and slate flavors with fruit notes of peaches and apricots when fully ripened
Gewurztraminer – White wine with spicy characteristics, and floral aspects of lychee on the bouquet.
Vidal – Full body white, clean citrus flavors of lemon and grapefruit. Produce a good balanced wine that’s paired well with seafood and poultry.
Frontenac – full body red grape, with cherry / plum aromas.High in sugar, heavy producing hybrid from University of Minnesota.
Traminette - a late mid-season white wine grape which produces wine with pronounced varietal character likened to one of its parents, 'Gewürztraminer'. 'Traminette' is distinguished by its superior wine quality combined with good productivity, partial resistance to several fungal diseases, and cold hardiness superior to its acclaimed parent, 'Gewürztraminer'. 'Traminette' resulted from the cross, Joannes Seyve 23.416 x
'Gewürztraminer' developed in 1965 by H.C. Barrett.
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