The Viola Cornuta ‘Etain’ (Etain Violet) Full Care Guide

The Etain Violet, otherwise known as the Viola Cornuta ‘Etain’ or Grape Vine ‘Pinot Meunier’, Pinot Meunier Grape, Auvergnat gris, Auvernat gris, Auvernat-Meunier, Black Cluster, Blanc Meunier, Blanche Feuille, Blaue Postitschtraube, Bourgogne Miller’s, Carpinet, Cerna Mancujk, Credinet, Farineux, Farineux noir, Fernaise, Fresillon, Fromente, Fruher Blaue Mullerrebe, Goujeau, Gris Meunier, Meunier, Miller Grape, Miller’s Burgundy, Miller’s Grape, Molnar Toke, Molnar Toke Kek, Molnarszoeloe, Morillon Tacone, Morone Farinaccio, Moucnik, Muellerrebe, Mullerrebe, Munier Grape, Noiren Enfarine, Noirien de Vuillapans, Noirin Entarine, Pineau Meunier, Pino Mene, Pinot Femelle, Pinot negro, Plant de Brie, Plant Meunier, Plant Munier, Postitschtraube, Rana Modra Mlinarica, Rana Modra Molinaria, Resseau, Riesling noir, Sarpinet, Schwarzriesling, Trezillon de Hongrie, Wrotham Pinot, is a rather well known fruit plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its low to average maintenance and fast growth, this fruit will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, taking care of your Etain Violet is not too difficult – as long as you follow our guidelines in this Etain Violet Care Guide. Now let’s get started.

The basic care guidelines you need to remember for your Etain Violet are the following:

  • Water: The Etain Violet needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
  • Light: Keep your Viola Cornuta ‘Etain’ in an environment where it can receive filtered to partial sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Etain Violet in soil with well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Etain Violet will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.

Viola cornuta 'Etain' plant

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Etain Violet belongs to the Vitaceae family, the genus Vitis and the species Vinifera, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Viola Cornuta ‘Etain’ (vy-OH-la).

As with other Vitis’s, the Etain Violet is a herbaceous plant, which means it will die back to the ground every year. 

Growing Region

As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Etain Violet is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.

With this in mind, the Viola Cornuta ‘Etain’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 6 – 9 region.

Growth and Size


In terms of size and growth, the Etain Violet is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.


But what exactly does this mean for your Etain Violet? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…

The Viola Cornuta ‘Etain’ can grow up to 40′ – 60′ (12m – 18m) in 40′ – 60′ (12m – 18m) and 10′ – 15′ (3m – 4.5m) in 10′ – 15′ (3m – 4.5m). 

Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful spreading shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.


In terms of watering, the Etain Violet is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat irregular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Viola Cornuta ‘Etain’ needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Viola cornuta 'Etain' care


As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Etain Violet in soil with well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Etain Violet since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.

Soil Mix

The Etain Violet’s ideal soil potting mix is made out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably neutral to alkaline soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Etain Violet requires filtered to partial sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this fruit will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Viola Cornuta ‘Etain’ in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).


Being a herbaceous plant, the Etain Violet will die back to the ground every year. 

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the summer (early, mid, late), and during the fall.


In particular, this fruit is well known for its repeat flowering, fragrant and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Etain Violet produces some beautiful multicolored, or gold/yellow and insignificant flowers around this time of year.


The leaves from the Etain Violet have a beautiful green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a alternate organization in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Viola Cornuta ‘Etain’ to be around (3-6 inches) in size.

Viola cornuta 'Etain' up close


Does your Etain Violet have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.

Most Viola Cornuta ‘Etain’ owners agree that this fruit will look great in most cottage and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, and in mediterranean garden styles. 

In particular, the Etain Violet’s best location within your garden is in trellises, arbors, wall-side borders, pergolas, patio and containers, and in walls and fences, others use it for landscaping in a container, border, or a rock garden.


Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Etain Violet, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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