Wild grape


Vitis vinifera subsp. sylvestris


I am wild grapevine, a close relative of cultivated grapevine. I measure between five and 20 meters long. I grew in the alluvial forests but the draining of the forests and the arrival of cultivated grapevine diseases brought about my extinction in numerous places.

Where and when can you find me in the reserve ?

  • Unlike cultivated grapevine, my grapes are small and contain very little pulp.
  • You can find me growing around water courses using nearby shrubs and trees for support.
  • You can recognize me from my brown almost black trunk. My tiny flowers bloom in June and my small black grapes reach ripeness in fall.

What other species might you mistake me for ?

  • You might confuse me with other species of grapevine, only a well-trained eye will be able to recognize me from my leaves, flowers or fruit.
Conservation status
  • Red list of vascular plants in metropolitan France: Least Concern (LC).
  • Red list of endangered vascular plants in Alsace: Endangered (EN).
  • I am protected in France.

Remember that picking flowers and plants is prohibited in the nature reserves.