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Adalmiina grapes

by | Dec 4, 2017

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Adalmiina is a white grape variety recognized as minor but complex, a cold-hardy American hybrid; grown particularly in Quebec.

Adalmiina grapes

This is a grape variety traditionally used in blends to make restitution for its low acidity level.

Producers of the wines are Le Chat Botte, Coteau St – Paul, Domaine Mont Vezeau and Vignoble Le Nordet.

Wines with Adalmiina grapes


It was developed in the mid-80 by Elmer Swenson and never launched with a name. Meeri Saario from Finland had the opportunity to get it in the mid-90 and named it Adalmiina.

Adalmiina is a complicated Vitis Labrusca, Vitis Vinifera, Vitis Lincecumii and Vitis Rupestris hybrid.

In 1997, Adalmiina was inseminated by Meeri Saario with other various Swenson varieties.

Characteristics of Adalmiina

This complex, late ripening variety is known to be vigorous and productive. It is tough in winter, but not that reliable and also very immune to diseases, but still prone to berry splitting during maturity.

Wine grape varieties

Characteristics of Adalmiina Wines

Adalmiina is known to produce varietal and French Muscadet style of wines. Varietal wines do not have foxy flavor, not like Muscadet wines; however, they both have minor lack of acidity. Adalmiina wines carry mineral and tropical fruit notes.

Food Pairing

The French Muscadet wine style from the Adalmiina variety has always been great to be paired with seafood dishes.

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  1. Barbara Houston

    Thank you for having info on the most unusual grapes. When I search online, I often end up on your page and appreciate that I can get “any” info on some of these grapes. So thank you for this.

    On the Adalmiina grape, I disagree with your statement, “Varietal wines do not have foxy flavor, not like Muscadet wines; however, they both have minor lack of acidity.” Muscadet does not have a foxy flavor at all and is high in acidity. Did you mean the muscat grape? Also, Muscadet is not a grape, it’s a wine made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape and prominent in the Loire Valley.

    • Michael Bredahl

      Hi Barbara,

      Most of the Muscadet wines I know, are not high on acidicity, so for my point of view I would still say the same 🙂

      Muscadet is indeed a wine type, not a grape, as I also write in my article about Muscadet. It is tricky though, maybee even misleading, that it is filed under /grapes/muscadet/ – but that is just a matter of missing categories.



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