Okay to mix red and green grapes ?

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  1. kirknotes

    kirknotes Member

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    My friend has about 50 lbs of red and green grapes we will be harvesting this weekend...does it work well to mix them together to make one single batch of wine - or should we separate them?
     
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    Stressbaby Just a Member Supporting Member

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    Generally I would separate them.

    That's not many grapes however. So your answer would depend on what sort of grapes they are, what kind of wine you are after, and what sort of equipment you have on hand (carboy sizes, etc).
     
  3. salcoco

    salcoco Veteran Wine Maker Supporting Member

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    for 50lbs go ahead and ferment together.
     
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    NorCal Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    I’d toss them together as well to get critical mass of juice.
     
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    50 lbs should get you somewhere between 2-3 gallons of juice, depending on how much you press out of them. I'd do it together.
     
  6. kirknotes

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    ok - great - thank you for the input. Looks like we might just do the green grapes in a couple weeks,

    Is there anything different for doing the fermentation of the green grape variety as opposed to the red grapes?
     
  7. George Burgin

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    What are the grape varieties? I can’t imagine blending a bold red variety (Merlot, Cab Sauv, Malbec) with any white and fermenting both together. Frankenwine?
     
  8. Scooter68

    Scooter68 Old Enough to know better but....

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    Are they Wine grapes or table grapes?
     
  9. BigH

    BigH Senior Member

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    If they are wine grapes, consider combing them and making a rose.

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  10. joeycannoli

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    What type of grapes are these? Calabria known for mixing red and white together in their wines
     
  11. Masbustelo

    Masbustelo Junior Member

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    If you read the messages in the forums, many of the Italian immigrants mixed whites and reds together.
     
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    It used to be required for Chianti to have some white grapes (>10% Malvasia Bianca, if memory serves) to meet the DOC specs. That is no longer the case, though.
    In the Northern Rhone region, it is common/traditional to use some Viognier in with Syrah. I will admit that I do not know if those cases were cofermented or not, but I think they were.
     
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