Vitis vinifera ‘Muscat Gris’

‘Bunches middle-sized, with small narrow shoulders. Berries round, larger than those of the White Frontignan, and growing closer upon the bunches: they are of a pale brown colour, intermixed with red and yellow. The Juice is very rich, and possesses a high musky flavour.’ [George Lindley – Orchard Guide p.201/1831].



Horticultural & Botanical History

‘It was introduced by Sir William Temple previously to 1654.’ [George Lindley – Orchard Guide p.201/1831].

Figured as ‘Frontiniac Grizzly Grape’ in the Pomona Brittanica [PB pl.LV/1812], the figure used here.  



History at Camden Park

Listed in all printed catalogues as ‘Grizzly ditto’ i.e. ‘Grizzly Frontignac’  [Vines for Table and for Wine no.16/1843].

Described by William Macarthur: ‘No.10 – Muscat Gris (Grizzly Frontignac). Reddish or greyish brown; a remarkably sweet luscious grape (generally considered to be the richest flavoured grape in Europe), excellent for wine, bears moderately well generally, but not with certainty, grows usually with tolerable vigour, and requires as much room as Nos. 3 and 4 [Australian White and Small White Cluster]: in some situations subject to the blight, a disease I shall mention hereafter.’ [Maro p.23/1844].




Published Jun 23, 2010 - 04:29 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2011 - 12:32 PM

Figured is a shoot with leaves and 2 bunches of small, round, brownish grapes. Pomona Britannica pl.50, 1812.

Vitis vinifera ‘Muscat Gris’ | Pomona Britannica pl.LV/1812


More details about Vitis vinifera ‘Muscat Gris’
Family Vitaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably France

  • Grizzly Frontignac


Common Name

Grape, Table Grape, Wine Grape

Name in the Camden Park Record

Grizzly ditto i.e. ‘Grizzly Frontignac’

Confidence level high