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Home > Grape Juice > Grape Juice -- Reds

Grape Juice -- Reds

What differentiates red from white grape juice since the inside of most grape varietals is a light golden color? Following harvest, the grape juice and the grape skins are put into large holding tanks. The exact color of the juice depends on the color of the particular grape skin and the length of time the juice "marinates" with the skins. The more time, the darker color. Champagne, for instance, often comes from red Pinot Noir grapes. But because it spends so little time hanging out with the Pinot Noir skins, the final product is most often white!

Barbera Grape JuiceBarbera Grape JuiceThe Barbera grape is the most successful grape variety in Italy's Piedmont region, and Italy's second most common red wine grape. On a global scale, it is one of the world's most widely planted grapes. Successfully transplanted to California, there are some 11,000 acres in production in the Central Valley, the coast, and the Sierra Foothills. The grape is used primarily for blending with other red wine grapes.

Bluebell Grape JuiceBluebell Grape JuiceThe Bluebell grape was created by the University of Minnesota to withstand cold northern climates. It is one of the native and French-American crosses that some humorously identify as "The Polar Bear Gang." It produces small, blue-skinned grapes that are used for cooking, eating, and jam. You will also find Bluebell in some of the gourmet juices and specialty wines. It has a delightful, fruity, concord-like flavor and its juice is a delicate light red color.

Cabernet Franc Grape JuiceCabernet Franc Grape JuiceCabernet Franc is one of the major red grape varieties worldwide. It is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style In addition to being used in blends and produced as a varietal in Canada and the United States, it is common in ice wine. Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright pale red color. Records of Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux go back to the end of the 18th century; it was planted in Loire long before that. DNA analysis indicates Cabernet Franc is one of two parents of Cabernet Sauvignon, a cross between it and Sauvignon Blanc.

Cabernet Sauvignon Grape JuiceCabernet Sauvignon Grape JuiceCabernet Sauvignon grapes are a long-time favorite that trace their historical roots to the Bordeaux region of France. They are rich dark blue in color and produce a full-bodied fruit that matures in late September.

Catawba Grape JuiceCatawba Grape JuiceThe Catawba grape is a member of the vitis labrusca family, native to North America. Its siblings include Concord and Delaware grapes. They are found primarily in the northeastern United States and Canada. Catawba grapes are widely planted for their sweet, rich taste and are prized for juice, jams, and jellies. The fruit matures in large well-formed clusters that mature late in the season.

Chambourcin Grape JuiceChambourcin Grape JuiceThe Chambourcin grape is a French hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Valley of France. Released in 1963, the grape's parents reportedly were Native American species and other hybrids developed by Seibel. This cold hardy grape came to the USA in 1970 where it quickly found ideal growing conditions in the cooler climate northern regions and in Canada as well. Chambourcin has also taken root in high-humidity regions like the American South and Australia's Hunter Valley.

Concord Grape JuiceConcord Grape JuiceThe Concord grape traces its history to 1849 and the Massachusetts village of its namesake. Developed by Ephraim Wales Bull, this grape's ancestors were wild native species found in New England. Today's Concord grapes are used extensively for juice and jelly.

We have more information on the heart-health benefits of Concord grape juice.

Graciano Grape JuiceGraciano Grape JuiceGraciano is a tricky varietal that is native to Spain, where it grows alongside the Tempranillo and Garnacha in Rioja. It is used primarily for blending as it contributes aromatic spice, tobacco, and licorice notes as well as vibrant acidity. While not traditionally bottled as an individual varietal, plantings in both its native land and abroad are on the rise.

Grenache Grape JuiceGrenache Grape JuiceGrenache is known as Grenache noir in France and Garnacha Tinta in Spain. This varietal occupies more worldwide acreage than any other variety. While evidence confirms its Spanish ancestry, Grenache is perhaps most famous for its use in the great red wines of France. It was also one of the first varieties to be planted in Australia in the 19th century. Many areas in the USA (California, Washington and Southern Oregon) are experiencing success with Grenache both as a varietal wine and in blends with its traditional partners, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Mourvedre.

Isabella Grape JuiceIsabella Grape JuiceModern folklore attributes the Isabella grape to a famous Southern Belle, who allegedly discovered the plant in North Carolina. Small acreages are still found in New York and Pennsylvania. However, Isabella is a superstar in Eastern Europe, particularly in the former Soviet Union where it is used for juice and wine. You will also find the vine in the South Pacific and South America.

Lambrusco Grape JuiceLambrusco Grape JuiceItaly's Emilia-Romagna region is home to the Lambrusco grape. It is believed to have been domesticated from a wild vine growing in central Italy. The Latins called the original vine Labrusca. It was also known to the Etruscans and the Romans. Today the cultivated vine produces medium-sized bunches of oval berries of a blue-black color. Lambrusco grapes are vigorous, very productive, and resistant to disease. There are more than 60 subvarieties throughout Italy. Labrusco was not well known outside Italy until it found commercial success in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s.

Malbec Grape JuiceMalbec Grape JuiceThe Malbec grape is most often associated with the Bordeaux region of France. However, it has become Argentina's signature grape, and is the third most grown grape in Chile. Malbec grapes are also found in New York's Long Island, Washington State, and California. Typically and historically the grape has been used in blends. When produced as a wine it has a plum-like flavor. But your nose may also pick up hints of blackberry and cherry.

Mars Grape JuiceMars Grape JuiceThe fruit of the Mars grape is blue, round, and seedless. Berries are medium to large in size, and grow in tight clusters that ripen in August. They are delicious for table eating, juice, or making into colorful preserves. Versatile and fast growing, a grapevine can bear in just two years. One vine requires about 8 feet of fence or trellis, with each plant producing on average about 15 pounds of fruit each seaspn.

Merlot Grape JuiceMerlot Grape JuiceMerlot are the principal grapes grown in the Bordeaux region of France. It is usually a bright purple in color, likes hot, bright, sunny days with cool, damp nights. Merlot's popularity has soared along with its acreage, including vineyards in California.

Muscadine Grape JuiceMuscadine Grape JuiceThe Muscadine grape is a species of native North American vines first discovered by European explorers of the Southeastern United States. The earliest named variety was Scuppernong, discovered in 1554. Muscadines are well-adapted to the warm, humid conditions of the Southeast where other grape varieties do not prosper. Today "the grape of the South" has been cultivated into more than 24 distinct varieties grown in traditional vineyard style.

The May 5, 2011 "Dr. Oz Show" featured muscadine grape juice as one of the primary cancer fighting foods.

Please note: our color descriptors are based on the color of the juice as poured. Muscadine grapes do not necessarily comply with the red or white distinctions of other wine grapes.

Petite Verdot Grape JuicePetite Verdot Grape JuiceHistorically, Petit Verdot has been used as a blending grape. When able to ripen fully the grape can add a rich purple color, firm tannins and an exotic floral and spicy perfume to the palate. However, despite its positive attributes the grapes struggled to reach maturity in the relatively cool Bordeaux region of France. However, in the 1980s and 1990s, producers in California and Australia began planting Petite Verdot in their respective regions. The warm and dry conditions of these regions allow the grapes to fully ripen. Petit Verdot has not only succeeded but thrived, and acreage in both regions is on the upswing. While many of the California wineries continue to use small amounts of the grape in blends, a few have even produced wines with Petit Verdot as the primary grape variety.

Pinot Noir Grape JuicePinot Noir Grape JuicePinot Noir are the red grapes of France's Burgundy region. They are thought to have been grown in France for more than 2,000 years. This famous grape reacts strongly to environmental changes, such as heat and cold spells. It prefers a long, cool growing season. The Pinot grape family comes in three colors: black (noir), white (blanc), and gray (gris).

Red SwensonRed SwensonThe Swenson Red grape is a firm, meaty red table grape with a unique fruity flavor with strawberry notes. This was the first grape released from the breeding efforts of Elmer Swenson (then with the University of Minnesota), and is a favorite among grape breeders and hobbyists. Though known as a red, its actual color changes depending on climate. In cooler areas it will be blue, and in very warm areas it will be a translucent green. Swenson Red is one of many successful cold-hardy grapes, has large clusters, a crisp texture and refreshing flavor.

Reliance Grape JuiceReliance Grape JuiceThe Reliance grape is pink and seedless in nature. Its hardy vines are vigorous and very productive, creating medium to large clusters of berries that are medium in size. They are great for juicing and jelly.

Roesler Grape JuiceRoesler Grape JuiceRoesler is a dark-skinned hybrid variety grown exclusively in Austria. Developed in 1970, it is named after the former director of Austria's oldest viticultural college, Leonard Roesler. The variety is deep in color, frost resistant, and can withstand temperatures as low as -13ºF.

Rougeon Grape JuiceRougeon Grape JuiceThe Rougeon grape is a French-American hybrid with hardy vines that produce black grapes in medium-sized, compact clusters. It is used in blending to provide a rich red color. The grape is rather eratic in nature as it sometimes does not produce fruit every season!

Sangiovese Grape JuiceSangiovese Grape JuiceIn Italy, Sangiovese is the most widely planted red grape variety with a reported saturation of nearly 10% of all vineyard plantings. Its name comes from the Latinsanguis Jovis, "the blood of Jove". This ancient grape has also made its way to Argentina, California, Australia, and in small measure to South Africa.

Syrah or Shiraz Grape JuiceSyrah or Shiraz Grape JuiceThe Syrah grape of France and the United States is the same variety as Australia's, Canada's and South Africa's Shiraz grape. According to a 1998 DNA study, the grape originated in the vicinity of the Northern Rhone valley of France. Its genetic decendents are a cross of the Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche grape varieties. The grape enjoys a fabled reputation that some believed included a link to the city of Shiraz, Iran. One historical account includes the assertion that a returning crusader brought the grape to the Rhone Valley. No matter which historian is correct, the Syrah grape continues its important role in today's global grape growing culture.

Steuben Grape JuiceSteuben Grape JuiceThe Steuben grape has been called "the very best" for juice. Its reputation also includes good table eating. The vines produce medium to large berries that are sweet, spicy, and full of flavor. A beautiful pink color is the result!

Trollinger Grape JuiceTrollinger Grape JuiceThe Trollinger grape is only produced in Württemberg, an area in southwestern Germany that lies primarily between Stuttgart and Heilbronn. Württemberg is one of only a few places in the world that produces the Trollinger grape and most of it is consumed locally. Only a small fraction of it is exported, making Trollinger a rare juice.

Valdiguie Grape JuiceValdiguie Grape JuiceValdiguié is a red grape variety that was once extensively planted in the southwest France and particularly in Languedoc-Roussillon, but is now only grown as a minor variety in a few Vin de Pays departments around the Languedoc and Provence.

There is also a small Valdiguié following in the United States, particularly in California where the variety was known as Napa Gamay (or Gamay) until 1980, when DNA testing revealed its true identity. With barely 300 acres growing in California, this is a grape you’ve likely never heard of. This light, fruity red will be a hit for any Pinot Noir lover.

Vincent Grape JuiceVincent Grape JuiceThe Vincent grape (not to be confused with the St. Vincent grape) was released in 1967 by the Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario (HRIO) at Vineland, Canada. This French-American variety was bred specifically to be winter-hardy in areas like New York's Finger Lakes region. The Vincent grape is a dark blue with dark juice. It is used in blends and has also received high ratings when produced as a single-variety wine.

Zinfandel Grape JuiceZinfandel Grape JuiceThe origins of this tremendously versatile and popular grape are still not known for certain, althouth it is thought to have come from Southern Italy. Zinfandel is the most widely planted red grape in California.

Zweigelt Grape JuiceZweigelt Grape JuiceThe Zweigelt grape was created in 1922 and today is the most widely planted red-wine grape in Austria. A highly popular variety, it is grown in every Austrian wine region, with the finest examples coming from Burgenland, particularly the Neusiedlersee. A classic Austrian Zweigelt is richly colored with a deep, bright core of spiced cherry and raspberry flavors. The grape is also commonly used in blends. It is often combined with Cabernet and Merlot to create an Austrian twist on the classic French Bordeaux Blend.

Valdiguie Grape JuiceValdiguie Grape JuiceValdiguié is a red grape variety that was once extensively planted in the southwest France and particularly in Languedoc-Roussillon, but is now only grown as a minor variety in a few Vin de Pays departments around the Languedoc and Provence.

There is also a small Valdiguié following in the United States, particularly in California where the variety was known as Napa Gamay (or Gamay) until 1980, when DNA testing revealed its true identity. With barely 300 acres growing in California, this is a grape you’ve likely never heard of. This light, fruity red will be a hit for any Pinot Noir lover.