Orion Grape Vine Options
Option 1 : 30cm-45cm tall. The seasons slow starters.
Option 2 : 60-150cm tall. The best the season has to offer.
Option 3 : 150-200cm tall. Usually a season older than Option 1 and 2.
Orion grape vines have good disease resistance, are heavy cropping with frost and drought tolerance once fully established. If you leave it to grow wild, it would reach around 5m tall and 2m wide.
Listed as an ideal grape vine for sub optimal conditions which means less than ideal soil and weather conditions. It does not mean suitable for a window box on the Ben Nevis Mountain Rescue Hut.
Considered a modern grape, not because it sold all its vinyl records and went digital, but because it was recently bred in Germany by Dr Gerhardt Alleweldt in 1964.
Often used for wine making in several parts of the UK from the Midlands down so consider growing under glass or in a poly-tunnel if further north and matures around September to October time. The wines apparently ripen quickly so early bottling is advised.
The Orion Grape vine was created by crossing Optima and Villard Blan. We assume the name of Optimal Villain was not a good choice for marketing reasons. It is grown commercially in Southern parts of the UK.
As it has good disease resistance, it is a good choice for the organic gardener. The catalogue lists the wine as easy to drink which we find odd as any wine is good after the first glass.
General Vine Information
During Winter most vines do a very good impression of looking dead. We don't mean they have arranged their own memorial and headstone but that the branches look very dry and beyond sprouting new growth. One nursery owner even put a new batch of vines on the compost heap thinking he had been conned, only to find them throwing out new growth some time later. If Spring is unusual weather wise, then it can up to late June before you see any new growth.
All vines are at least 2 years old and grafted onto a root stock that will be 3 years old. This is to improve vigour (growth and fruit production). The vines are pruned back several times a year and can easily put on several metres of growth in a season. They might fruit in the first year, local conditions allowing, certainly the second.
Bred to be Phylloxera resistant.
Vines will last 100's of years if looked after and outdoor vines can be successfully grown outdoors as far North as Yorkshire (depending on weather conditions).Indoor grapes have been grown in a Greenhouse in Aberdeenshire.
Give them as much sun as possible, keep ventilated and humidity down. This applies to indoor and outdoor grapes.
Despite your best efforts, you will most likely encounter a Grape vine issue at some point, especially with global warming giving us wetter summers. As little as a week of continued warm and wet weather is enough for those little fungus "bar-stewards" to get in and wreak havoc. The three you are most likely to encounter are downy mildew, powdery mildew, and grey mould.
Your best action is preventative. Keep the site moisture levels down. Water the base, not the leaves. Keep the leaves spread out to allow light and air in to dry them out. Vines under glass need to be well ventilated. Consider heating the greenhouse for long periods of cloudy weather to keep humidity down.
If you do get it, remove the affected leaves and destroy.
With temperatures going through the roof, cool and healthy Summer snacks will be in demand. First, remove grapes from the stem, place in a colander and rinse off. Dry the grapes and place on a baking tray covered in wax paper. Place in the freezer and when solid put into a plastic sealed bag ready for next years sweat-fest.
Other Grape Vines To Look At
|Autumn Royal ||Seedless, thin skin when ripe, juicy and larger grapes compared to other seedless varieties. ||Indoor ||Black |
|Bacchus ||Considered the best white wine variety for the UK. ||Outdoor ||White |
|Black Hamburg ||A reliable and excellent quality sweetwater type producing large bunches of high quality dessert grapes. Very popular. ||Indoor ||Black |
|Boskoop Glory ||Award, reliable and disease resistant. Good for beginners. ||Indoor ||Black |
|Brandt ||Grown mainly for its spectacular autumn leaf colour but still a respectable red wine grape ||Outdoor ||Red |
|Cabernet Sauvignon ||Small black grapes for wine, self fertile and disease resistant. ||Indoor ||Black |
|Chardonnay ||Eating and wine making, sweet vigorous grape. ||Indoor/Outdoor ||White |
|Chasselas Doré De Fontainebleau ||Eating and wine making, very sweet. ||Indoor/Outdoor ||White |
|Chenin Blanc ||Ideal UK dry wine making grape. ||Indoor ||White |
|Crimson Seedless ||Heavy crops that set later than average. A very popular variety. ||Outdoor ||Red |
|Dornfelder ||A good hardy red grape combining heavy crops of very edible grapes as well as having stunning autumn leaf colour. Pick Sept-Oct. ||Outdoor ||Red |
|Gamay ||Makes fruity red wine or fruit juice. ||Indoor ||Black |
|Lakemont Seedless ||Big sets of yellow oval fruit with muscat flavour. Thin bunches for larger fruit if needed. Resistant to mildew/downy mildew. (USA, 1972) ||Outdoor ||White |
|Muscat Alexandria ||Second early white Muscat of high quality producing large succulent dessert grapes. ||Indoor || |
|Muscat Artonel ||A strong Muscat variety. ||Indoor || |
|Muscat Bleu ||This is the modern mildew resistant outdoor blue/black eating grape of choice. ||Outdoor ||Blue/Black |
|Orion ||Disease, frost and drought resistant and heavy crops. Good for poor conditions. ||Outdoor ||White |
|Perlette ||Large crops of large seedless grapes that are very crunchy. ||Outdoor ||White |
|Phoenix ||A large berry producing a fine Muscat aroma.Heavy yielding, ripening early October turning yellow when ready to pick. Dessert and wine. ||Outdoor ||White |
|Polo Muscat ||Good quality hybrid table/ wine grape. Slight Muscat aroma with balanced sweet and acidity. High yields of early ripening yellow-green fruit.Pick Sept. ||Outdoor ||White |
|Regent ||Large blue-black grape matures to a true black in good summers, sweet refreshing flavour. Red leaves adding value as a climbing shrub. ||Outdoor ||Blue/Black |
|Strawberry ||Intense rich flavour with a strong hint of strawberry, very productive and easy to grow. Pick and eat in late Sept. ||Outdoor ||Golden Bronze |
|Superior Seedless ||Obviously seedless and great for eating as considered very sweet. ||Outdoor ||White |
| Vanessa ||Seedless, suitable for North UK and very popular. ||Outdoor ||Red |
| Vroege van der Laan ||Very disease resistant, suuitable for North UK and good for the beginner. ||Outdoor ||White |