One of about 30 American species or Wild vines with complete botanical name Vitis vulpina L.. It was first described in 1753 by the Swedish naturalist Carl von Linné (1707-1778). The name "vulpina" means "vixen", which refers to the Foxton or strawberry clay. Trivial synonyms are Vixen Grape (Vixen Grape), Winter Grape or Frost Grape (due to frost hardiness) and scented vine. A botanical synonym or old name is Vitis cordifolia. Together with the two species Vitis palmata and Vitis monticola the group Cordifoliae is formed. The vine comes in Canada (Ontario), as well as in many states of the eastern half of the United States in front. It thrives on river banks and meadows on sandy-gravelly soils in sunny and cool locations and can climb 15 to 20 meters high with its fox-red tendrils.
The grapes with dark blue berries are uncommon loose-, The fruits are very sour and only after frost effect sweet and edible. They produce a light red wine with mild tannins, high acidity and lightness Foxton, The wine-growing pioneer Philip Mazzei (1730-1816) was a neighbor of US President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) in Virginia and he does experiments with local vines. Mazzei produced from Vitis vulpina wine in "colonial style". In a letter to the French Minister of State in 1783, Jefferson noted about this wine: I prefer the wine from Vitis cordifolia. This is a true "spaghetti red" complimenting any acidic food . The vine is occasionally as table grape or Zierrebe used. See also below American vines and Vines systematics,