Holidays. Gracious dinners. School lunches.
They're all the perfect occasion for this red-as-red-wine favorite, a beauty of an apple that looks terrific on store displays and at home in wreaths, fruit bowls, and cheese platters.

But gorgeous as Virginia Winesap apples are to look at, they're even better to eat - tart, tangy, juicy, and extra firm.

Stock up on Virginia Winesap apples, a great tasting apple that lasts long, stores well, and adds festive good looks to every setting.

Customers want Virginia Winesaps:
Rich red color
* White flesh
* Crisp texture
* Juicy inside

Holidays and everyday
* A great snack
* Excellent with wine and cheese
* Perfect cut into salads

Virginia Winesap Apples
* Locally grown
* Just-picked freshness

A sweet opportunity for retailers:
A fresh favorite
* Locally grown
* Just-picked flavor
* Long shelf life in and out of storage
*Traditional apple that complements your selection

Packed for profit
* In tray packs
* In bags, bins or bulk
* PLU stickering available

'Tis the season
* Available late fall through spring
* Retailers love this classic "red" that's just right for the season.

General Characteristics

  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Origin: United States Eastern states1800s
  • Ripening period: Late season
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Triploid: Triploid
  • General disease resistance:  Good
General characteristics courtesy of

The following Virginia orchards grow this variety

Key Virginia Varieties


A modern sweet variety, reminiscent of Red Delicious.


One of the best McIntosh-style apples, with a good sweet vinous flavor, and easy to grow.


Developed in Japan, but an all-American cross of Red Delicious and Ralls Janet. A very attractive modern apple, crisp, sweet-flavored, and keeps well.


One of the most widely-grown apple varieties, with a sweet pleasant flavour, and good keeping qualities.

Ginger Gold

An attractive yellow apple from Virginia

Golden Delicious

Undoubtedly one of the most important apple varieties of the 20th century, both as a commercial variety in its own right, and as breeding stock for many other varieties. Very good flavor when picked from Virginia trees.

Granny Smith

The most instantly-recognized of all apples, and perhaps Australia's most famous export.


Sometimes marketed as Honey Crisp, this is a crisp, and predominantly sweet, modern variety from the USA. It was developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for growers in cold climates, and is one of the most cold-hardy of apple varieties.


Idared is notable for its exceptional keeping qualities. It has a pleasant mild but undistinguished apple flavor.


A very popular commercial variety, with a good flavor. Inherits many of the good qualities of its parents Jonathan and Golden Delicious.


A classic American variety, and widely regarded as one of the best flavored with a good sweet/sharp balance. A precocious and productive tree in US apple-growing regions.


Crisp, juicy yellow flesh tart apple, 3 to 3.25 inches in diameter. About 50 to 90% of the surface is covered with a dull red color. Shape is truncate to conical. Good eaten fresh but also good choice for a cooking apple as it holds its shape when cooked.

Pink Lady®

One of the best-known modern apples.

Red Delicious

One of the most famous American apple varieties, a sport of Delicious, known for its bright red color.

Rome Beauty

An extremely attractive and productive red cooking apple, widely-grown in North America.


An old American dual-purpose apple variety, popular in Virginia. Descended from Winesap, and in most respects an even better apple.

York Imperial

Good cooking/baking apple and excellent keeper.