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Sops in Wine apple

Sops in Wine

Sops in Wine, or Sops of Wine, appears to have been a name used for any old English apple which had a red-stained flesh.

Sops in Wine apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Sops in Wine

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Sops of Wine
  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Sops of Wine
  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Sops of Wine

Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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Harvest records for this variety

2016 season

  • September  2016  - tree owned by Elaine in Mold, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 3rd week July  2015  - tree owned by Katie in Mahomet, United States
  • June  2015  - tree owned by Roger in Madison Heights, United States


  • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1832
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1992-133


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


  • Picking season: Early
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Food uses: Culinary
  • Food uses: Hard cider
  • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Other qualities

  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Canker: Some resistance
  • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some susceptibility

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Sops in Wine:

United States

United Kingdom


  • A guide to the orchard and kitchen garden (1968)
    Author: Lindley
    A culinary apple in October - November. Juice sweet but not rich. Blood colour skin. Flesh soft white, tinctured with pale red to the core.
  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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