Variety focus: La Crescent

La Crescent grape

What you need to know about La Crescent

  • Created at the University of Minnesota in 2002.
  • Excellent cold hardiness, and usually harvested mid-season.

Tasting profile

  • Apricot, pineapple, citrus, tropical, floral

Growing La Crescent

  • Its leaves are very susceptible to downy mildew, though the fruit is quite resistant.
  • It is a very vigorous vine.

What yeast to use for La Crescent

  • Lalvin C, SVG, 71B, which can all help to lower TA, as may be needed.

Fermenting and aging tips

  • Can make a variety of wine styles easily.
  • Significant malic acid in this variety – be aware of this.