This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
" The latest approved grape list for the practical vineyardist in this locality would be a very short one. Catawba stands at the head of the list, although we have partial failures; but, for a series of years, gives us the greatest profit. Delaware stands next, where the soil is suitable, but the increasing ravages of the thrip warns us not to plant too extensively. Concord comes next in order - but a Concord vineyard for wine alone would be a poor investment, although its being so low in acid makes it very valuable to mix with the Catawba. It is a bad grape for market, unless grown near by; still, it can be handled with proper care.
Ives is a reliable, low-priced market grape; should not set it extensively. Hartford Prolifio, a few vines only. I would recommend the Mary Ann for an early black grape; superior in quality to the Hartford; two to five days earlier; does not drop from the stems; a hardy and vigorous grower and a prolific bearer.
Diana with us is not worthy of cultivation. Isabella is yet the best black grape for market, but we do not consider it valuable for wine. Iona, with all its good qualities, has so many bad ones that it cannot be recommended for planting, except to a very limited extent. Salem will prove a very popular market grape, but with us is not a vigorous grower, and only a moderate bearer; is a little inclined to drop its leaves. Of the other numbers of Rodgers I am not well enough acquainted to speak. I know nothing of the Tallman.
This list includes all the grapes, I think, that have been grown in our locality with profit to the grower. Although there are many other varieties growing here, I know of none others that would be worthy of cultivation to any extent."