Kay Gray Grape

Kay Gray Grape

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Kay Gray is a hardy medium sized and delicious green grape. The flavour varies from a rather ordinary labrusca to a pleasant fruity flavour, depending where it is grown. It’s a vigorous grower producing many small clusters and ripen around early September. Kay Gray has very good resistance to disease and is preferred by organic grape growers. Bred by Elmer Swenson in Osceola, Wisconsin. Found almost by accident: one year Mr. Swenson was ill and didn't spray his vineyard. There was one seedling vine that stood out for its health and resistance to disease that struck the other vines. Later he named it Kay Gray and introduced it 1981.

Growers Note:

Lay down vines on ground in autumn before snowfall. This is a successful and recommended technique for cold climate grape growing to protect vines from extreme cold.

Hardiness Zone: 3

Height at Maturity:


Soil Preference: Moist, well drained 

Light Exposure: Full sun

Pollination: Self-fertile 

Latin Name: Vitis ‘Kay Gray’