Our winery has six different grape varieties planted on about two acres of land. The varieties were selected in part because of their ability to ripen early in the fall and to survive cold winters. About 1,500 grape vines were planted on the site in June 2012, and another 500 plants were added in Spring 2013. In 2015, they will produce a crop that can be used to make wine. The grapes growing on the LaBelle vineyard’s 1,500 grapevines include:
Petite Amie is a healthy vine with good-sized clusters and average productivity. It has good winter hardiness and is able to tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, as long as there is good drainage.
Chancellor is a mid-season, blue-black grape. It is moderately cold hardy and productive, and requires cluster-thinning on young vines. Vines should be planted in soils with good moisture content, which is exactly what our new property provides.
Cayuga White is one of the most productive and disease-resistant varieties grown in New England. It is Cornell University’s first variety that is released specifically for wine making. This versatile grape can be made into a semi-dry or sweet wine.
You may have already heard of this grape, as it makes up 50% of the blend in our Americus. Noiret produces an excellent full-bodied, richly colored wine. The wines can have a distinct black pepper character and moderate tannins. Vines are vigorous and productive in the Finger Lakes region of New York, and soon to be in New Hampshire, too!
- Seyval Blanc
We have been working with this variety for many years, and will now be growing it ourselves. Seyval Blanc is a yellow-white variety with large, compact clusters of medium berries. It has medium winter hardiness, but should be just fine at our site. It is an excellent white wine variety, with a characteristic citrus element in aroma and taste.
- Petite Pearl
LaBelle Winery is the first winery in New England to plant this innovative hybrid red grape variety developed in Minnesota. We’ll be watching this experimental grape very carefully & reporting to other New England growers about its success.
The landscape design features robust plantings around the facility, blending to natural settings in the outer properties, all overlooking the vineyard’s 1,500 grapevines.