A new twist on a local favorite. Concord grapes blended with Ives for a darker, richer and fuller flavor but still retaining the semi-sweet and fruity taste that Shamong Red drinkers love.
The Concord grape was developed in 1849 by Ephraim Wales Bull (“the father of the Concord grape”) in Concord, Massachusetts. Early ripening, to escape the killing northern frosts, but with a rich, full-bodied flavor, the hardy Concord grape thrives where European cuttings had failed to survive.
Ives is a Vitis Labrusca grape variety used in the production of sweet, red wines. It is named after Henry Ives of Cincinnati, Ohio, who grew it in the Ohio River Valley in the 1850s. As a wine, Ives has a sweet, grapy flavor and is well suited to the production of port-style wines.