Winesap is a deep, cherry-red color with a rather tough skin, and it has a firm, juicy, light yellow flesh with a wine-like sweet-tart flavor. It is an all-purpose apple that stores well, and it is favored for cider-making. Ripening dates range from late September to early November.

Discovered: 1700s, New Jersey

Parentage: Unknown

Harvest: Late Season


Winesap was first grown in Moorestown, New Jersey before 1800. It was widely grown in the southern United States in the 19th Century, especially in Virginia. Today’s Winesap may actually be its offspring, Stayman, developed in 1866.