Concord is a grape that falls into the grouping of grapes known as Vitis labrusca. Which literally means “fox grape” because they have a very sharp, foxy smell. Many wine drinkers raised on the European grapes such as chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet are turned off by the sharp aroma in the Concord grapes. It's certainly an acquired taste. With a nose which resembles a strong smelling cheese many people are quickly turned off this wine variety.
The Concord grape was first introduced in 1843 by Ephraim W. Bull and is named after the town of Concord, Massachusetts. He planted wild Vitis Labrusca and evaluated over 22,000 seedlings choosing the one he considered the perfect grape. The pollen parent of this grape is not known. He first introduced these grapes to the market in 1854.
These grapes was first introduced to the market in 1854 and are widely used to produce grape juice, and grape jelly. Because of their foxiness Concord grapes did not gain huge popularity for use in the production of wines. Today this grape is made into only a few wines, in particular it is used to produce some Kosher wines, as well as Sacramental wines.
Concord wines tend to be sweet with a generous mouth feel. They have distinct foxy, earth aromas.