Volume 23 Number 2 Article 4 Pages: 34-35
Year 1969 Month 4
Title: The Alwood Grape
Authors: G.D. Oberle and R.C. Moore
The grape breeding program of the
Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station
has reached the stage of producing
tangible results with the recent
naming and introduction of a new
variety named 'Alwood'.
Alwood is a seedling of 'Fredonia'
crossed with 'Athens'. The cross was
made in 1949 by R.C. Moore.
original vine first bore fruit in 1953.
It was held for further observation because
its fruit was free from black rot
infection which was severe in the
Blacksburg area that year.
were noted as being attractive
and of above average flavor and quality.
It was selected for propagation
and further testing in 1955. Fruiting
records on the propagation paralleled
those of the original vine, and before
his retirement in 1964 Mr.
Moore selected it for eventual naming and
The name 'Alwood' was
chosen for it in recognition of the late
William B. Alwood, the first horticulturist
of the staff of the Virginia Agricultural
Experiment Station, and an
eminent authority on grape culture,
grape physiology and wine making.
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