Herbemont: V. bourquiniana hybrid developed by Nicholas Herbemont, 1771-1839. Medium-sized clusters with reddish brown berries. Herbemont makes a nice white wine and may be used for jelly typically with purple or black colored grapes added for color.
THE HERBEMONT GRAPE .
Herbemont. Origin unknown ; as early as 1798 it was propagated from an old vine growing on the plantation of Judge Huger, Columbia, S. C. Nicholas Herbemont, an enterprising and enthusiastic cultivator of the grape, found it there, and from its vigorous growth and perfect acclimation at first correctly supposed it to be a native: he afterwards, in 1834, was informed that it had been received from France, and he believed this. But the same grape was also found growing wild (?) in Warren county, Ga., and is there known as the Warren grape. The best authorities class it as a member of the Southern JEstivalis family a native grape, truly called by Downing, “Bags of Wine.” One of the very best and most reliable grapes for both table and wine, especially adapted for hill-sides on limestone soil. It flourishes in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida, but generally only on poor hill-laud. Should not be planted further north than the Ohio and Lower Missouri Rivers, and even there should be covered in winter. For those who have gone to this trouble it has nearly always produced a splendid crop, and has been so enormously productive that it richly repaid the little additional labor, except where rot destroyed the crops ; and it m a y be mentioned that the rot on the Herbemont and its family is different from the rot which attacks the Labrusca. In Southern Texas, where the Herbemont is a perfect success, grape culture is gradually but steadily extending, so that, at no distant future, vine-culture will become one of the leading industries of its people.
From google books “Illustrated Descriptive Grape Manual” pg 134
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