Venn's Black Muscat

Bunches, large, long, tapering, and well shouldered, with rather slender stalks. Berries, medium sized, oval. Skin, brownish black or quite black when well grown, and covered with a fine bloom; thin and membranous. Flesh, firm, rich, and juicy, with a distinct Muscat flavour.

A very excellent black Muscat grape, which ripens in a cool vinery under the same treatment as Black Hamburgh.

It was raised by Mr. Sweeting, gardener to Mr. T. G. Venn, Sneyd Park, near Bristol, and was awarded a first-class certificate by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1874.


Bunches, rather small, conical, and loose. Berries, small, unequal in size, and oval. Skin, thin and transparent, yellowish green, but becoming a fine amber colour when highly ripened, with sometimes markings of russet. Flesh, tender, sugary, and richly flavoured.

It is from this grape that the Madeira wine is principally made. The stalk is very brittle and herbaceous.

Vert Précoce de Madčre. See Early Green Madeira. Victoria Hamburgh. See Frankenthal. Violet Frontignan. See Purple Constantia. Violette Muskateller. See Purple Constantia. Volovna. See Grosse Kölner.

Waltham Cross

Bunches, very large, long, and tapering, with strong stout stalks well set and well shouldered. Berry-stalk, thick, stout, and warted. Berries, very large, from an inch and a quarter to an inch and three-quarters long; oblong oval. Skin, membranous, pale amber. Flesh, firm and solid, with a sweet, brisk, and very pleasant flavour.

One of the largest, if not the largest, grape in cultivation. It is an exaggerated Muscat of Alexandria, but has not the Muscat flavour.

It was introduced by Mr, William Paul, of Walthara Cross, and received a first-class certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1871.

Wantage. See Lombardy. Warner's Hamburgh. See Black Hamburgh. Waterzoet Noir. See Black Sweetwater. Weissholziger Trollinger. See Black Hamburgh. Weisse Cibebe. See Early White Malvasia. Weisser Muskateller. See White Frontignan. Weisser Riessling. See White Rissling. Welke Burgundske. See Black Hamburgh. Welko Modre. See Black Hamburgh.

West's ST. Peter's (Abercairney; Black Lombardy; Major Murray's; Money's West's St. Peter's; Oldaker's West's St. Peters; Poonah; Raisin des Carmes; Raisin de Cuba)

Bunches, large, tapering, and well shouldered. Berries, large, roundish oval, and varying in size. Skin, thin, very black, covered with a blue bloom. Flesh, tender, very juicy, sweet, and with a fine sprightly flavour.

This is a very fine late grape, and requires to be grown in a house with stove heat. It hangs well till February and March. The leaves die purple.

White Chasselas. See Royal Muscadine, White Constantia. See White Frontignan.

White Corinth (White Kishmish; Stoneless Bound-berried; Corinthe Blanc)

Bunches, small, shouldered, and loose. Berries, very small. Skin, yellowish white, changing to amber, covered with white bloom. Flesh, very juicy, sub-acid, and with a refreshing flavour. The seeds are entirely wanting. Of no value.

White Cucumber. See Cornichlon Blanc.