(ES 6-16-30)

Developed by Elmer Swenson in mid-late 80 and never released with a name. Meeri Saario from Finland got it in the mid 90’s and got permission to name this vine. She named it Adalmiina. This variety is very disease resistant, though moderate winter hardiness to app. – 30 F. Berries golden and up to 22 Brix (90 Oe) TA 0,6 to 1,0% and pH up to 3.6 Clusters are medium in size up to 160g Wine style is like a French Muscadet, great for rich seafood. Can be a bit astringent in the finish. Wine has very good body with a light floral nose.

Heavy cropper, hermaphrodite and very early. 3 to 4 Brix (and 1-2 weeks) ahead of Esprit, St. Croix and Edelweiss.

Elmer’s own notes 1997 on ES 6-16-30:White, medium size tender berries. Very vigorous & Productive.Very juicy and sweet. Winter hard. Very early.

BS – 45 miles west of Chicago:On August 20 we had fruit with 19.5 brix, 3.40 pH and a TA of 5.4 g/L. Nice acid pH balance. Very low brix was the rule last year for everything. It probably should have been harvested then but I was trying to hold it for a grower meeting. We soon lost it to yellowjackets. Aurore was almost identical numbers but higher TA (7.2 g/L). St Croix at that time was at 18.0 brix, 3.16 pH and 8.4 g/L TA.
It’s definitely early material.

I also decided to go to the numbers and see how ES 6-16-30 has done here in cool northern Wisconsin (ave 1800 GDD 50F)

In 2005 :

On 20 Sept. 6-16-30 was at 18.4 brix. Notes: ‘white, productive, not quite as ripe as sister ES 6-16-24 (21.4, ripe), but with slightly larger berries. Sister ES 6-17-37 (19.4 brix, not ripe). Not ripe yet.’

Other sampling on 20 Sept: St. Pepin 21.3, Regent 20.9, Louise Swenson 23.3, Foch 21, Frontenac 22.1 (2.6 pH)

In 2006 (quite warm year):

on 13 Aug 2006 – not at veraison, hard as a rock.

on 20 Sept. 2006, ‘white, 20.1 brix, slight labrusca flavor,
low-moderate acid’ It was ripe.

Other sampling on 20 Sept 2006: St. Pepin 21.9, Foch 21.2

SP:We harvested it last weekend 8/5/07, the berries were golden, it was at 22 brix and PH of 3.6, we got 20 gal of juice from about 240 lbs. Very disease resistant, it was only sprayed once this year, and that was because we were spraying for Japanese beetles. You can tell it has Seyval in its parentage. This was the first year we cropped them, I would say they averaged about 15 lbs per plant. Tom Plocher has said that it doesn’t like to give up its juice but we didn’t experience that. Tom has also said it has been sometimes inconsistent in its behavior, taking 40 below F some years without damage, but taking damage in some years where it was not such extreme cold. Tom also says it makes a very good dry white like a French Muscadet, that just begs to go with lobster or other rich seafood. I can tell you more after we finish the wine, we split it into four batches of five gallons & are using different yeast on each.

Feb. 2008: We made four wines from it each with a different yeast, the best was with 1116 it made a very clean crisp wine that didn’t need any adjustment our wine maker sweetened one of the others a little too much and one had a alcohol bite to it. Elmer gave Meeri Sarrof the naming rights he called Adalmiina. No hint of labrusca in anything. Very like a French muscadet like the MNgrapes site described.

Photo Stephen Payton

Parent chart by Carl: Click here

Editor Soren Larsen

12 Responses to Adalmiina

  1. Julia Harding MW says:


    Do you know if Adalmiina is still planted in Finland or anywhere else in Europe? If so, would that be just for the table or also for wine?

    Thanks. Julia

  2. nik says:

    Good evening! My name is Nick.
    I’m looking chenogo named Meer Saari, she deals with the problems of the northern wine-growing in Finland.
    I myself am a scholar of winegrowers, title – Candidate of Agricultural Sciences. Interested in the northern wine-growing and frost-resistant varieties, respectively.

    Could not tell me va email Meeri Saario?

    Regards Nick!

  3. Piotr says:

    As I contacted with someone from Estonia. Adalmiina is considered too late there .I come from North Poland and it is very good for my region .It ripens at mild September . I think thatAldemina ES 9-7-46 is prefered in Estonia .

  4. Piotr says:

    Sorry I made mistake I thought about 9-7-48 .

  5. Peter says:

    I would like to present some informations about Adalmiina. It is not my notion but one of the most important winemaker from Poland-Roman Mysliwiec. I have also attached his website, but not everything is translated into English this website has not to do with Adalmiina, but generally about progress in wine-making in Poland.

    Adalmiina 2007, Vineyard Golesz
    – 09/07/2007 grape harvest
    – Natural sugar content in grape 200 g / l
    The smell of fresh, green apple, citrus, a bit of melon, the taste of wine on average extract, refreshing, slightly mineral, grapefruit, lime, after some time developing in the direction of mature apples and pears. For such a young age of the wine rather complex and quite long, respectable middle class, the type of vinifera, clean, without any perceptible hybrid flavors (even after several hours in a glass). A nice surprise!

  6. Peter says:

    I apologize not ripe at 09/07/2007 grape harvest but 07/09/2007
    Natural sugar content in grape 200 g /L . lt means 20 Brix. I apologize cos there is a bit mess with names Adalmiina, Adelmiina. Adalmiina is (ES 6-16-30), I have thought that Aldemiina is (ES 9-7-48).

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  9. Olo says:

    @Julia Harding – Yes! It’s planted in Poland. You can check my website for more info.

  10. Mike says:

    I am trying Adalmiina in my test vineyard in central NY state. I just planted this spring, so it is too soon to provide any real data, but this variety is growing very vigorously here.

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