were introduced to wine
-growers in the 1800s by Major John Adlum
. Grown predominantly on the East Coast of the United States
, this purplish-red grape has a rather sweet flavor. It is typically in season from September to November and can be used in wines
. Although usually classified as Vitis labrusca
, Catawba is widely believed to have at least some Vitis vinifera
in its background. The grape can have a pronounced musky or "foxy" flavor, which some aficionados consider inferior to the flavor of V. vinifera
, though others find it distinctive and pleasant. The grapes are particularly sensitive to ozone pollution.