Cabernet Franc Grape Vine
A very popular variety that’s been grown for centuries, Cabernet Franc produces robust, large bodied reds that are similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with a lighter color and a more peppery and rustic flavor. Cabernet Franc is an essential variety in Bordeaux and is in the parentage of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Though it is often blended with these varieties it also makes a great wine when vinified alone.
We are pleased to offer home winemakers the chance to grow superior selections of their favorite wine grape varieties. These Pinot fin (small berried) varieties are eagerly sought after by award-winning winemakers throughout the world. The greater skin to flesh ratio is important as the skin contains the highest concentrations of color, aroma, and flavor. As these varieties will prove, great wine is indeed made in the vineyard! Wine grade are hardy to minus 10 degrees F., USDA Zone 6.
Latin Name: Vitis vinifera
Site and Soil: Grapes like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil. Grapes are drought resistant once they are established.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 10° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in width on fence, trellis, or other support.
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: Late September
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Repel birds with flash tape or cover plants with bird netting.
USDA Zone: 7