The Winesap is a renowned American heirloom apple, despite the lack of information regarding its exact heritage. It is said to originate from the Eastern U.S. with documentation of its popularity in New Jersey in the 19th century. The Winesap has always been a popular apple for cider production and has made a comeback in the United States within the past few years due to increased interest in heirloom varieties.
The dark red skin of the Winesap apple is almost an allusion to its namesake – its wine-like flavor. With an exceptionally juicy flesh of a creamy yellow hue, the Winesap is prized for being a cider-producing apple. It’s also highly aromatic, with notes of baked apple, cedar and strawberry. The Winesap lends its characteristic spicy wine-like flavor and has an admirable balance between sweetness and tartness. It is used mostly as a single-varietal in cider production.