April 19, 2018


A cross between Fredonia and a wild Vitis riparia vine resulted in this recent introduction from South Dakota State University. Valiant is a very hardy dark blue table grape that ripens dependably throughout nearly the entire state. The combination of extreme hardiness and very early ripening make it a good choice for northern Minnesota.  It makes very good quality juice and jelly, and is prone to mildew so must be sprayed except in isolated areas.