This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
The circumstances you describe must be the cause of your Grapes shrivelling so very prematurely. The cold and wet paralyses their whole system, and they are never properly ripened; and Grapes not thoroughly rip-ened cannot and never do keep long without shrivelling. Get rid of the wet thoroughly, and, other things being equal, your Grapes will ripen properly. Allamanda Hendersonii is a very free bloomer, and will suit your purpose.
We will be glad to receive note of the lowest temperature registered by our correspondent since December 1. On December 20 it was 28° below freezing at Drumlanrig.