Arkansas wineries have two new grape options

Arkansas wineries have two new grape options

The Arkansas wine industry has two new wine varieties. The University of Arkansas Agriculture System Division offers new business options suitable for growing in Arkansas vineyards.

The Indulgence is a white wine grape that produces wines with a muscat flavor, said John Clark, professor emeritus of horticulture and fruit breeding for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the Division of Agriculture.

Renee Threlfall, a researcher in the division’s food science department, said Indulgence produces wine with floral, fruity and herbal aromas.

Dazzle is a pink grape that produces a Gerwürztraminer type white wine, Clark said. Threlfall said it has a spicy aroma in addition to the floral, fruity, and herbal aromas.

Indulgence and Dazzle are expanding commercial production options in Arkansas and other areas with similar growing conditions. Threlfall said both grapes can produce single varietal wines or can be blended with other wines to enhance their flavors or aromas. Clark said the original crosses to produce these grapes were made by the late James N. Moore, who founded the Arkansas Fruit Breeding Program in…

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