Melody (grape)

Grape (Vitis)
Colour of berry skin white
Also called New York 65.444.4
Notable regions New York, Maryland[1] Kansas[2]
Wine characteristics
General Light, high acidity

Melody is a hybrid white wine grape variety produced from a cross of Seyval blanc and a grape called Geneva White 5, which is itself a cross between Pinot blanc and Ontario.[3] Melody produces a light white with notes of peach and honeysuckle, and refreshing acidity, even at low sugar levels (0.7%-0.6% RS).[1]

The grape is noted for its resistance to powdery mildew and Botrytis, although downy mildew has been noted on leaves and clusters.[3] It grows well in both sandy and clay loam[4]


Melody is grown in the Finger Lakes AVA, with the first commercial plantings in New York being made at Wagner vineyards by Stanley "Bill" Wagner in 1984, with the first vintage released with grapes grown in 1986. The grape was also commercially planted in Maryland.[1]

Currently, the grape produces wine commercially in several states, including Kansas[2] and New York[5]


  1. 1 2 3 Goldberg, Howard (16 November 1988). "A New Hybrid Shows Potential". New York Times. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Our Wines". Bluejacket Winery. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  3. 1 2 Reisch, Bruce; R. Pool; James Watson; W. Robinson; Thomas Cottrell (1985). "MELODY' GRAPE" (PDF). New York's Food and Life Sciences Bulletin. 112. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  4. "Vitis (Melody)". Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  5. "Our Wines". Wagner Vineyards. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
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