April 19, 2018

Prairie Star

Prairie Star is one of the hardiest white wine varieties, suffering little damage in all but the harshest winters. This variety has a tendency for its shoots to break off in strong winds early in the season. Low cordon training systems, using catch wires to secure the shoots, should be explored to prevent this problem. High cordon training systems should be avoided.

The fruit matures to excellent sugar—20 to 22 Brix—and acidity for white winemaking. The typical wine from Prairie Star is quite neutral, perhaps best used as a blending component to add body and finish to thinner white wines.

Prairie Star resists mildew diseases, but is moderately susceptible to anthracnose and black rot.