Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at
Mon Dec 4 13:46:15 EST 2000


    We have Chambourcin in trial in St Charles, IL and in Urbana, IL. I'd
love to see it survive here but the folks in Urbana have reservations about
growing it there. By the way, the grape growing regions of New York
generally have milder winters than we do in all but the deepest southern
areas of Illinois. You're right about quality. Chambourcin has the potential
to make outstanding wines. But growing them for harvest in central Illinois
is still a big question.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center

-----Original Message-----
From: Del Williams <delannw at>
To: market farming <market-farming at>
Date: Monday, December 04, 2000 12:15 PM

>I contacted a friend who works for the extension in western new york to ask
>about grape recommendations for my area (east central Illinois).  Thought I
>would pass along the information for what it may be worth to those
>interested in wine grapes.
> >    So, what are your recommendations for growing grapes in central
>I think I'd recommend Chambourcin as first choice for a red wine variety
>and maybe Foch second because I think Chambourcin has better wine quality.
>If you want white wine try Cayuga White, Seyval, or Vidal.
> Del Williams
>Farmer in the Del
>Clifton IL
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