Seedless Blue Grape
vitis vinifera venus
‘Vitis Venus’ is a seedless blue grape both suitable for fresh consumption or as a wine grape. This variety has extra large fruits and is therefore a very good wine grape. It is a climbing plant that can grow several metres high. You can lead it into all sorts of shapes yourself and keep it very compact by pruning it well. You can guide the grape along a pergola or with guy wires on the wall. The grape first produces inconspicuous clusters of flowers in May-June, after which the grape bunches will form. The fruits are blue, with a sweet aromatic flavour. You can eat them directly or use them for jam, juice or making wine. The grape plant needs plenty of sun to ripen and likes heat, making a south-facing spot ideal. The grapes can be harvested from mid-September onwards. The soil should be well-drained, nutritious and preferably not too acidic, rather calcareous. Pruning increases the fruit yield and the plant also looks neater. It is best to prune the plant between November and February, but not during hard frosts. Then prune away superfluous side and main branches. This grape variety is hardy and can withstand temperatures down to -20 degrees Celsius.