Winesap is truly an all-purpose apple with a multitude of uses in cider, apple butter, apple pies, desserts, and of course, fresh eating right off the tree! The large fruit is colored bright crimson with soft white speckles adorning the skin. Winesap apples have actually been referenced their outstanding flavor as far back as the year 1804! This is a true American variety which is believed to have been discovered during the Colonial days of the United States, and was incredibly popular from that time, the 1700's, up until the 1950’s. Its wide cultivation for over 200 years speaks volumes about the many amazing qualities of Winesap apples.The sprightly sweet-tart flavor is reminiscent of "Pink Lady" apples, while also remaining unique with its tangy tasting notes. Winesap is also well-known to be one of the longest lasting apples after being picked off the tree. This was a huge benefit in the past two centuries before apples were kept in cold storage to sell in grocery stores year-round! Especially prized for apple cider and its long shelf life, Winesap is a wonderful apple worth growing in any home orchard.
What’s great about the Winesap Apple?
An all-purpose apple especially prized for pressing cider and fresh eating!
- Winesap apples have actually been referenced their outstanding flavor as far back as the year 1804!
- Sprightly sweet-tart flavor is reminiscent of "Pink Lady" apples.
- One of the longest lasting apples after being picked off the tree.
- Unique sweet and tangy tasting notes!
|Cold Hardiness Zones
||5, 6, 7, 8, 9
||-20° F, (-29° C)
||Malus domestica 'Winesap'
|Mature Height (ft.)
||10' - 15'
||Mature Width (ft.)
||8' - 12'
||Recommended Spacing (ft.)
||8' - 20'
|Best Seasons to Plant for Zones 7 - 11
||Fall through Spring
||Best Seasons to Plant for Zones 2 - 6
|Optimal Soil Condition
||Acidic - Neutral
||Tart, crisp, firm and juicy