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Over the past 20 years the Troutman's have experimented with many varieties of wine grapes in the vineyard. Some varieties have proven more adapted to the location than others.

Vidal Blanc 

White French hybrid that is widely planted in the Midwest. Productive and easy to grow.  This variety can be used for still,

sparkling, and ice wine. 

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Dornfelder

European red hybrid originally bred in Germany, now found throughout eastern Europe. Ripens earlier than Concord or Vidal. Grapes are large, tight clusters. As winter hardy as Cabernet and the buds are extremely fruitful. 

Traminette

A white, French hybrid that is gaining popularity throughout the Midwest. Produces a fruity white wine that we find is great for blending or on some occasions, as varietal. Shares some characteristics with it's parent Gewurztraminer.

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Seyval Blanc 

Thin skinned white French hybrid with excellent winter hardiness. Ripens early September and used for our dry White Menagerie wine. 

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