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Grape ‘Marechal Foch’ Blue, Black

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit! Hybrid Wine Variety

‘Marechal Foch’ is a very early ripening black grape with small berries. Vines are hardy with medium vigor and production. It is cold-hardy and resistant to fungal diseases. ‘Marechal Foch’ can be made into a variety of wines ranging from a light red wine similar to Beaujolais to a more extracted wine with intense dark purple color, black fruit flavor, and a unique varietal character, to a sweet, fortified, port-style wine. It is more extensively grown in North America where it ripens fully by the end of September.

‘Marechal Foch’ is an inter-specific hybrid French red wine grape variety. It was named after the French marshal Ferdinand Foch, who played an important role in the negotiation of the armistice terms during the closing of the First World War. It was developed in Alsace, France, by grape hybridizer Eugene Kuhlmann. Some believe it to be a cross of Goldriesling with a Vitis riparia – Vitis rupestris cross. Others contend that its pedigree is uncertain and may contain the grape variety Oberlin 595. The quality of wine produced by Marechal Foch vines is highly dependent upon vine age, and the flavor profile associated with many new-world hybrid varietals is much reduced in examples made with fruit picked from older vines.

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# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
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GR328BAG Grape 'Marechal Foch' Blue, Black 10 10 $41.70
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Plant Details +

Size 1 YR #1
Height Varies
Spacing 6'
Hardiness Zones 5-8
Exposure Full sun
Vigor Medium Vigor
Foliage Large, green
Fruit Blue, black
Harvest Early season

General Information +

General Characteristics: Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where ornamental interest is not a concern. However, grapes do in fact have good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, some fall color, showy fruit and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter. When grown on fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures, grapes can be quite attractive year-round and can provide good cover, screening, or shade to areas around the home.

Use: Wine

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant 1-2" deep, make sure 4-5" of the top show above the soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize when planting. Best grown in deep, loamy, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, including average garden soils, but must have good drainage. Best sited in a location sheltered from winter winds (preferably a southern facing slope) and well removed from frost pockets. Self-pollinating. Grapes need a support system, training, regular spraying and regular pruning to maximize fruit production.

Pests or Diseases: Grape plants require a fair amount of maintenance and pruning. If given the proper amount of care, these wonderful fruits will provide you and your family with years of pleasure.