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I find your website useful and easy to us. I also enjoy your changing ads. in papers and mags. On Saturday at the Garden Organic AGM Professor Ian Lang, talking about Food Security urged us all to grow more fruit. He pointed out that in Britain we produce a mere 5% of the fruit we eat, and we should consume 9 a day not just 5 a day fruit and veg. Last November I planted your Polka raspberries. They are now strong tall vigorous canes, tallest I have ever grown and producing throughout the summer. I'll need steps to pick the late ones!! My first purchase from you was before the web, shrub roses for my allotment for the vit. C. Enjoyed your family history.
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I find your website useful and easy to us. I also enjoy your changing ads. in papers and mags. On Saturday at the Garden Organic AGM Professor Ian Lang, talking about Food Security urged us all to grow more fruit. He pointed out that in Britain we produce a mere 5% of the fruit we eat, and we should consume 9 a day not just 5 a day fruit and veg. Last November I planted your Polka raspberries. They are now strong tall vigorous canes, tallest I have ever grown and producing throughout the summer. I'll need steps to pick the late ones!! My first purchase from you was before the web, shrub roses for my allotment for the vit. C. Enjoyed your family history.
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Grape Vine 'Kentish Claret'

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Vitis 'Rondo'

  • Eating / Wine Grape.
  • Almost black grapes are perfect for eating, wine or jams.
  • Suitable for outdoor and protected cropping.
  • Self Fertile.

Supplied as a bare root grafted vine approximately 12" - 18" (30 - 45 cm) tall including roots.

Available from approximately late February 2018

1 or more £13.50GBPGBP
each. Group & quantity discounts
Qty:

There's a really good story behind this; twenty five years or so ago we were lucky enough to be given some sample vines for evaluation purposes - one of these was a then un-named variety known by its breeder Code Name Gm 6494-5 (don't panic Gm doesn't mean its genetically modified).

Recognising its potential to be an excellent black grape for the UK climate (due to it exceptional hardiness and vigour) we started working up stocks and chose to name it Kentish Claret - as the grape was obviously well suited for making claret style wines. During our move and troubles in 1994 we lost our stocks (or so we thought). Five years on, when planting up their first garden, Stephen and Serena happened to find a tatty old plant in a muddle of un-sorted stock which reminded us what a truly wonderful grape it is! Along the way it was officially named 'Rondo' - but we prefer to keep our name of Kentish Claret.

This is a very high yielding black grape producing fruit of good size and an excellent flavour. Ideal for claret style wines but similarly makes flavoursome jams and jellies - or eat straight from the vine.

  • Originally from Germany.
  • Parentage - Saperavi Servernyi x St Laurent.
  • Late-Season fruit ripening.
  • Winter wood ripening is good - so can be grown both outdoors or under protection (greenhouse, polytunnel or conservatory).
  • Can be trained using either the cane replacement method or spur pruning.
  • Self fertile.
  • Fruit contains seeds.

How To...

How To Plant, Grow & Train Grape Vines
Detailed advice on siting, planting and training grape vines - both outside and under protection. Includes basic pruning advice.

How To Prune and Train a Grape Using The Guyot Method (Video)
An instructional video by Mark Diacono and his 'chum' Trent on how to prune and train grapes using the Guyot method.

Magazine Articles

Not So Sour Grapes
An article on the basics of growing grapes written by Paul Peacock that appeared in the June 2007 issue of Grow It! magazine.

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