Definition of labrusca in US English:



  • 1A variety of grape obtained from a wild vine native to the eastern US.

    as modifier ‘labrusca grapes’
    Αlso called fox grape, Isabella
    • ‘I just bought some Labrusca juice from Walkers Fruit Press in New York State.’
    • ‘The combined annual value of Labrusca grapes is over $33 million with yields averaging 5 tons per acre.’
    • ‘He said that those Labruscas really weren't making good wine, that using additives and preservatives the way they were wasn't the way to make good wine, and that they could and should be making better wine.’
    1. 1.1 A wine made from the labrusca grape.
      • ‘I have two sorts under this name, one probably genuine, the other a good pink dessert Labrusca.’
      • ‘Over the past four decades, a significant number of small vineyards and wineries have begun growing and crafting premium quality wines in the region, producing wines for all tastes ranging from native Labruscas and French-American wines, to European-style Chardonnays and Rieslings.’
      • ‘In the early years efforts were naturally concentrated on Labruscas.’
      • ‘The trail is home to native Labruscas, French-American and European style wines.’
      • ‘These wines include the fruity native Labruscas and exquisite French-American wines to European-style Chardonnays and Rieslings.’


Latin, denoting a wild vine, adopted in scientific Latin as a specific epithet in Vitis labrusca.