Vitis vinifera Purpurea

Purpurea climbers

Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea' known as the 'Tenturier Grape' is a fast growing, non-evergreen climber with graceful purple leaves which redden in autumn for a colourful, fiery display and tiny, edible blue-black fruits that are sweet inside, but have bitter tasting skins.

The leaves may turn green during the summer, but will redden up for the autumn.

How to grow

This wonderful climber is best grown in full sun against a wall, trellis, or fence for spectacular effect.

Purpurea characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour
  • Height after 10 years: 5m-8m / 16ft-25ft
  • Growth habit: Climbing
  • Spread after 10 years: 2m-3m / 7ft-10ft


  • Cold hardiness (RHS): H5 (to -15C)
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (7) 0F / -18C


  • Flowering month: July August
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous