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Somerset Seedless Grape

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A unique, strawberry-like flavor. This heavy bearer will give you compact clusters of medium-sized table grapes that are good for fresh eating and making jelly. The fruit starts out pink, but becomes much sweeter and more flavorful after ripening on the vine until turning a full red color. Moderately vigorous, mostly disease-resistant and very cold-hardy — in temperatures as low as -30°F. Ripens in August. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm, Juicy, Crispy
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 6' tall x 12" wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 6 - 8' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow grape vines in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
They are pretty, seedless, disease resistant, self pollinating, and the description makes them sound like they taste amazing.
Gavett B on May 19, 2019
Wanted a flavorful table grape that is hardy, and good for my growing zone.
Nikki C on May 5, 2019
They are pretty, seedless, disease resistant, self pollinating, and the description makes them sound like they taste amazing.
Gavett B on May 19, 2019
I???m looking for a variety of grapes for home winemaking as well as good eating.
Kathryn Y on May 13, 2019
Wanted a flavorful table grape that is hardy, and good for my growing zone.
Nikki C on May 5, 2019
I was told it was a good variety and the price was right
Michael M on Apr 28, 2019
david s on Apr 27, 2019
Supposedly one of the best zone 4 seedless grapes.
Chad F on Apr 23, 2019
arthur e on Mar 31, 2019
Climate tolerance
George B on Mar 29, 2019
seedless grape compatible with zone 4
Mary W on Mar 24, 2019
Description and reviews
Clare R on Mar 17, 2019
Because they are delicious ????
Carolyn W on Jun 13, 2018
From you - reliable. Love color.
Lara A on May 2, 2018
cold weather hardy
Rodney H on Apr 22, 2018
Needed a grape that would stand up to our climate here in Westcliffe, CO
Scott E on Apr 10, 2017
looking for a cold hardy seedless eating grape
Nathan B on Mar 13, 2017
Originated in our home state of Wisconsin and is winter hardy in our area.
ROBERT S on Mar 13, 2017
This is one of the only grapes that can grow in my zone. Hope it works.
Melissa J on Feb 24, 2017
The reviews by other gardeners were good, and the flavor is described as being very unusual.
Francis H on Jun 21, 2016
Intriguing discussion of the taste....
Susan R on Jun 12, 2016
Attracted a bit to the novelty of the grape
DOUG B on Jun 8, 2016
Had good luck with it previously
Lisa R on Jun 2, 2016
It will be nice to have grapes that are different from the usual store varieties.
Diane U on May 25, 2016
found the flavor description interesting. Also, I think the color of the fruit is beautiful.
Keife D on May 21, 2016
To shade the greenhouse roof AND give us fruit.
Cindee K on May 2, 2016
Several different nurseries described Somerset as the most flavorful very-hardy seedless grape. We live in northern Michigan, so the approximately -30-degree hardiness is important in some of our winters. We lost a few grapes of other varieties the winter of 2014-15 due to a few -36-degree nights. Somerset should have a better chance with a little protection and a bit of luck. Also, the August - early September ripening time is good for our first average frost date.
Roger P on Apr 30, 2016
Wanted something sweet and cold hardy.
Amy R on Apr 11, 2016
I wanted a seedless Grape that can be eaten right from the vine.
Richard L on Apr 1, 2016
One or more of the nine ordered may survive due to cold hardiness, or where it's planted. It's always an experiment (member, Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers)!
PAUL S on Mar 4, 2016
I???m looking for a variety of grapes for home winemaking as well as good eating.
Kathryn Y on May 13, 2019
I was told it was a good variety and the price was right
Michael M on Apr 28, 2019
I am looking for a red seedless table grape. I don't want another slip skin grape. Is somerset a table grape?
Joan F on Sep 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is one of the best eating/table grapes we know of ... excellent sweetness and full flavor, and it's seedless.
Would like to put this grape in a greenhouse? Temps between 45 and 90 degrees
Pauline B on Aug 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have our grapes planted outside. We live in the mountains where our temperatures range from in the low teens in the winter to 90's in the summer. I don't know how they would work in a greenhouse. Very good grapes so far. This is our second year & they are loaded with grapes. Will harvest them in mid September.
In a 4ft x 8ft raised garden bed, should I have only 1 plant or can I have 2 using a 4 lateral trellis systems parallel to each other so each plant is it's own "row"?
Justin B on May 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm not 100% positive how that would work. I built a 16' high cordon trellis for two vines giving them each 8'width 6'high. I might only do one with 8' as they spread rather quickly. However, I have learned you can grow anything in small spaces just as long as you keep it in check with pruning. Hope this helps! Btw. Sommerset is delicious!
Does this grape have a preference for either spur pruning or cane pruning?
JaneS on Jul 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I always spur prune all my grapevines on a trellis system to try maximizing yield and I don't mind the extra work required to train. Sorry I can't offer a comparison to head cane pruning. I can say they do well on a double cordon set at waist level and eye level. By encouraging spurs to develop on the underside of the cordon, the fruiting canes hang down creating an attractive curtain of green (opposite of how wine grapes are encouraged to grow). Not too vigorous but you will want to control any bull canes. This is only the second year but the fruit looks like the picture and tastes pretty good even though it still needs some hang time to fully ripen. Either way you prune, don't forget to use netting upon the onset of veraison (when berries change color) or birds will eat up all your hard work!
Can i plant it near a concrete pathway to grow around an arbor?
Theresa S on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. But I have only had my two vines for a couple of years. I am growingthem in Alaska, and so far they have survived, so they seem pretty tough.
What is meant by zone 8A?
Bobby T on Aug 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That is a geographic designation to help you know which trees and plants will grow best where you live. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. For more information about hardiness zones, read our article: "3 Things to Know About Fruit Tree Hardiness Zones."
Can I grow these in a 20-30 gallon tub so to move them around?
Cary w. on Feb 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Use a wooden or terracotta planter so that the roots don't get too hot. Moving them around is not a good plan as you should have a trellis of some kind for the vines to climb...unless you move trellis and all. Keep only two main branches and trim off any runners that grow away from the trellis.
Can I plant a red grape and green grape together or do I have to have two of the same variety?
Lindsay on Sep 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is a self-pollinating grape; it doesn't need a pollinating partner. You can plant multiple Somersets or another variety, whatever you like.

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic plant.
Last year, the plant arrived "bare root" - looking like a relative small stick. It grew rapidly, covering about 20 feet on the fence. There were even a handful of grapes the first year. This year, there are something like fifty bunches of grapes. Maybe more. They are not ripe yet, but look really good.
August 3, 2016
over 4 years ago
great unusual grape!
very unusual grape, grows very well, pest resistant, bore fruit in 2 years (and a lot in the 3rd year) can't describe fruit except: lychee mixed with catawba grape! best juice ever (and we have real cold winters (usually))
May 15, 2016
over 5 years ago
somerset grapes
this is the first year that they have bloomed, I planted them the year before last. it is loaded with blooms this year. we cannot believe how many blooms are on the plant and can't wait to taste it. I have been very satisfied with the service from Stark.
June 10, 2016
over 5 years ago
Delicious grape, early harvest
I tried this grape on accident, intrigued by the flavor description. I am very happy with the decision because now, in year 3, it produced some delicious grapes that are ready to pick earlier than most of my other ones. This extends my grape season. The flavor is great. I love it, my wife loves it, the kids love it. This grape is the way to go!
August 4, 2016
over 5 years ago
Grapes in Minnesota
The bareroot seedlings arrived at the expected date and I planted them the next day. They looked like dead sticks with lots of roots. To my amazement they grew like crazy to about ten feet long the first season. They survived the harsh Minnesota winter ( zone 4) and are setting leaves as of May 1st. I am looking forward to grapes next season.
May 7, 2017
over 3 years ago
Robust first season growth. Off to a similarly robust start in its second year.
May 17, 2016
over 4 years ago
Growing vigorously
I planted this grape in 2016. It was a good bare root specimen. It emerged form dormancy well and grew 2 canes about 10 feet each in length but did not fruit that year. It overwintered well in my zone (6B-7A) and there was no dieback. This year it has leafed out nicely with several lateral branches and is full of flower buds so hopefully I will get some fruit. Until I taste the fruit I will just give it a 4/5.
May 10, 2017
over 3 years ago
Vigorous growth first summer. Surprised by quite a bit of winter dieback (zone 5 temps) but growing quickly again this spring with several clusters of grapes starting. Produced two small bunches of grapes the first summer which were very small and very tasty.
May 11, 2016
over 4 years ago
Progressing nicely
Last year due to waiting on a landscaper to finish work on the property the grape vines remained potted which allowed for some good root growth. During their time in pots they actually produced some time, but flavorful grapes.

This year the vines were planted and are doing well. I am pruning any signs of fruit growth this year so all of its energy can go into the vine growing up a trellis.

So far so good.
May 19, 2016
over 4 years ago
Stawerberry awesomess
Great taste can't tell how awesome this little grape taste like a hint of sweet strawberry !!!!
August 19, 2016
over 4 years ago