Vitis labrusca x Vitis vinifera


The Catawba grapevine produces a dull purple-red, seedless grape from September to October on a deciduous vine. It is a cross between the Concord grape (Vitis labrusca) and the common grapevine (Vitis vinifera) that grows well in places with cold winters and humid summers. It is grown predominantly on the East Coast of the United States and used for commercial purposes like jelly, jams, and wine instead of being sold as grapes at the supermarket. 

Cultivation Tips:

If you are in hardiness zones 5-8, you can grow your own Catawba grapes in full sun for at least 6 hours a day. This vine prefers acidic, sandy soil that is well-drained, however, they can tolerate most soil besides really wet and alkaline soils. It can self-pollinate and is perennial, but, having more than one vine is best for the crop. Make sure you have the space because at their mature size they are about 5-7 feet tall when supported by a fence or trellis and can spread about 8-10 feet. Once it is established, water the vine occasionally and more in great heat. Prune during the winter so that the foliage is manageable and does not provide too much shade later on. 


Catawba grapes are the main grape used in American juice and wine and are very good in jams and jellies. I had just one long vine in my backyard that produced enough grapes to make and store grape jelly that lasted my family almost 2 years! 


Some companion plants for your catawba grapevine are blackberry, rosemary, fig, lavender, and rose.