If you are looking for a food producing vine other than grapes to cover your arbor, consider using Kiwi fruit.
Kiwi fruits are attractive deciduous climbing plants producing delicious fruit rich in vitamin C. They are vigorous plants which are easy to grow in a sheltered sunny position in the garden. Kiwi require a male plant to pollinate a female plant for the female plant to produce fruit (dioecious). For a good yield of fruit one male vine for every three to eight female vines is required.
The ‘Sannichton’ cultivar comes from the Canadian Agriculture station on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It has endured longer colder temperatures than the others. The fruit is longer and slightly squarish, but same great flavor and texture.
This picture was taken in a client’s garden in Saanich (Gordon Head) on August 22, 2013.