50 Facts about Wine in America

  1. After the Civil War (April 12, 1861 – May 9, 1865), most vineyards were dismantled and replaced with tobacco fields. However, the future was quite obvious as people would drink more and smoke minimally. Consequently, 300+ cultivated acres of state had to grow more grapes ultimately.
  2. Most people slow down at Sugarland Cellars within Gatlinburg, present right at the park’s entrance, for a tad of tippling just before entering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  They do it to have a bit of that classic American leisure activity of hiking & camping and pretending to be adventurers of a massive & unfamiliar continent.
  3. The majority of the grapes planted within this state are utilized to make jellies & jams produced from grape juice. The famous company, Welch’s, buys the majority of grapes for its products. Nonetheless, most grapes intended for wine production are grown near Lake Michigan to take benefit from the lakeside weather impact, which helps moderate frigid temperatures throughout the winter months.
  4. By 2015, ARKANSAS, a Bible Belt powerhouse, featured Thirty wineries, even though no Arkansas wine has ever been served under the Clinton presidency.
  5. Denali Winery, the first winery, opened in Anchorage around 1997, and the state’s few manufacturers acquire grapes from any other region and mix them to make delicious grape wines.
  6. The Jackson Hole Winery, which acquires grapes from Napa & Sonoma, is located within Jackson Hole – a famous holiday destination for many wealthy Americans.
  7. The best quality wines produced in Louisiana are Blanc du Bois and Muscadine.
  8. Following the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773, the after-party got filled by regional winemakers and apple wine jugs. Alright, all of it is fake. The best-quality European grapes, Riesling & Chardonnay, appeared to be flourishing rather well in MASSACHUSETTS – with over 500 acres of vineyards planted.
  9. Delaware is a state with beer drinking, having just 35 acres devoted to vineyards.
  10. In New York, the Finger Lakes area, the first leased winery, was established around 1860. It was a company called Pleasant Valley wine, and presently there are more than 34,000 acres of vines cultivated, with the best quality Rieslings emerging out from the Finger Lakes AVA. In particular, a vineyard is called Hermann J. Wiemer. Similarly, stunning Tocai Friulano wines are manufactured within Hudson Valley, notably by Millbrook Winery. Moreover, the incredible Bordeaux blends, particularly Merlot-heavy blends, are emerging from Long Island. In addition, the Lenz Winery is producing age-worthy wines, while Bedell cellarsChanning Daughters are creating outstanding wines.
  11. “…it is remarkable that anyone dares to produce wine in North Dakota,” says this sentence from American Wine. Anyone for a glass of rhubarb wine? They make this wine in NORTH DAKOTA.
  12. John Alexander from Pennsylvania discovered the Alexander grape varietal. In 1755, it was grown in Maryland to create wine inside the forests nearby William Penn’s estate in Pennsylvania. In particular, Penn had planted these grapes in 1683 inside the Philly region. However, those plants never survived. In PENNSYLVANIA, there are around 145 wineries today.
  13. With 15,000 sq miles, the Texas Hill Country AVA would be the largest winery in the country, yet only around 1,000 acres have been cultivated for the vine. An interesting fact is Gary Hahne is a good contact for President LBJ historians in Hahne Estates Winery. He was acquainted with ex-President and his spouse Lady Bird, and the sampling room is within Johnson City, where he grew up. However, this town is not titled after the names of his parents.
  14. While the region was Dakota’s territory, the settlers’ arrival in 1876 created the initial wines from fruits and berries under the shade of Mount Rushmore. Currently, various types of grape-based wines are being produced by descendants of such settlers.
  15. According to reports, Southern Oak Wines creates a fantastic Norton wine.
  16. The Alexander grape, established in 1755 in a two-acre vineyard within Prince Georges District, roughly 12 miles outside Annapolis, is the earliest historical trace of planting of hybrid grapes.
  17. Visitors to Myrtle Beach may drink regional Muscadine wines. However, the odds are that they are downing craft beer cans, as the nation’s craft beer culture has blossomed.
  18. The Pahrump Valley Vineyard, which is roughly an hour’s trip west of Las Vegas & was established in 1990, was Nevada’s first winery. The owners admit to producing the nation’s first retail wine, a Zinfandel, which was launched in 2005.
  19. There have been 125 bonded vineyards in IOWA in 2015, up from only 25, many years before.
  20. OREGON is the fourth biggest wine-producing American state, known for its chilly climate, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris white wines.
  21. Florida University in America has strived to develop disease-resistant grape types that can withstand the subtropical temperatures, which keep vines from falling dormant. This process is imperative for conserving carbs and energy to produce high-quality grapes. Using grapes like Conquistador and Blanc du Bois, they seem to have some good fortune.
  22. A monk and two priests were recognized for growing excellent vines in 1692 in the Rio Grande Valley, using cuttings of Spanish vineyards. Over a couple of centuries before that, California saw the vines grown inside its soils.
  23. The Norton Grape, also known as “Cynthiana,” is by far the most extensively cultivated grape within Missouri, and it is regarded as a natural American variety. It is almost as equally American as Herman Melville’s The Confidence Man’s Missouri Gentleman.
  24. A well-known winery, Frogtown Cellars, makes a wine called “Audacity,” which is a Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon mix that may be the sole Super Tuscan made just outside Tuscany. Whether you believe it or not, branding is all about making a claim towards notoriety.
  25. Grapes are urged to grow free or perish at Dr. Peter Oldak, dubbed the “Father of New Hampshire Winemaking” by American wine, who worked within the emergency room.
  26. Cornell University produced Traminette, a combination created by crossing Gewurztraminer with “Joannes-Seyve 23.416.” It is usually prepared semi-dry, although it may also be sparkling or sweeter.
  27. The Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA is the most significant American Viticultural Area (AVA), which covers a huge expanse of territory in the Wisconsin south region; yet, inside this giant AVA lies the Lake Wisconsin AVA, which has favorable soils for growing grapes – thanks to glacial formations in the lake.
  28. Although vineyards have been cultivated on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains, many vintners purchase grapes from some other states, such as Washington, to produce their wines. Hence, you can expect to see grapes such as LaCrosee, Frontenac, Marechal Foch, and others planted in the region.
  29. The Ozark Mountain AVA covers approximately 3.5 million acres. Oklahoma shares it with sections of Missouri and Arkansas. The state appellation is used by the majority of wines growers, producing their yield within the state.
  30. The Carrie Nation House, located in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, has been a Historic Landmark and the old residence of Carrie Nation – the leader of the Temperance Movement. Carrie, thank you very much! Bless you for all of your efforts. Do you honestly believe the Carrie Nation House deserves to be designated as a National Heritage Site? You would want to see it demolished and the timber utilized to construct staves for the aging winery. This is undoubtedly a wine for the generations.
  31. WASHINGTON is the 2nd biggest wine-producing American state, and vast expanses of territory wherein grapes are grown owe their soil diversity and deposited silt, sand, and a variety of minerals across the Columbia Valley AVA, to the “Missoula Floods.”
  32. The inaugural vineyards were initially planted by the one and only Joseph Smith’s Mormons in the 1860s. However, due to the variations within Mormon doctrine, many grapes withered and sank directly into the earth, most likely nearby Smith’s Golden Plates that they were never found.
  33. More than 90% of the wine produced in America is manufactured domestically, with approximately 250 million new cases produced annually.
  34. Along with a couple of other jurisdictions for having the least bonded wineries, those who invest the time & energy are reaping the benefits of their Muscadine wines with locals.
  35. Besides all the potatoes production in Idaho, the state has over 1,600 acres of planted vines (some as tall as 3,000 ft, greater than any other vine in California). Among them, 50 wineries are manufacturing a lot of wine, with Viognier, Riesling, and Chardonnaybeing the best examples.
  36. Within Duplin County, the Duplin winery had developed a vineyard by 2008 using the  “Mother Vine” Scuppernong cuttings, which were 400 years old, upon Roanoke Island, which is America’s oldest cultivated grapevine. This Scuppernong is Duplin’s wine.
  37. Thomas Jefferson’s most extensive wine-growing effort came from planting 287 vines using cuttings from 24 different European grape varietals throughout 1807.
  38. 200+ acres of vines have been planted throughout the region, with a cluster of wineries within Newport County’s coastline region.
  39. Although temperatures may drop to freezing -30°F on some occasions, cultivars developed at the Minnesota University, such as Marquette and Frontenac, have been designed to tolerate such extreme conditions.
  40. Since 1642, the Swedish immigrants tried to establish Vinifera vines, but they began cultivating apple orchards to manufacture cider after many failed attempts.
  41. Symphony is a grape manufactured at UC Davis by mating Grenache Gris & Muscat of Alexandria, and a single winery is producing it. There are no other vines throughout Hawaii that can endure any form of winter hibernation, as they are grown at 4,000 ft on Big Island atop an erupting volcano.
  42. It was illegal to make Wine inside The Constitution State till 1978. However, they can now grow a variety of grapes, notably Vignoles, a white grape variety used to produce late-harvest or semi-sweet wines.
  43. The Shawny Hills AVA, which is located in southern Illinois and has somewhat milder weather than other sections of Illinois, is host to the majority of 147 bonded wineries (as of 2015).
  44. Nebraska was the last state in America to establish a bonded winery in 2002.
  45. The majority of Vermont’s vineyards are concentrated throughout the north-western regions of the nation. For instance, the Shelburne Vineyard is located inside the wealthy town of Shelburne, Vermont, which is present in the south of Burlington. Because of the alcohol, you can feel the burn while enjoying their famous Marquette’s Wine.
  46. During the 1820s, Financier Nicholas Longworth established the first commercially successful winery, producing from the Catawba grape, which is a sparkling wine.
  47. WEST VIRGINIA is still doing strong at 29 wineries, and that is pretty much all.
  48. Maine became the first jurisdiction in 1846 to declare itself a fully dry state, igniting the rumors of Prohibition.
  49. James Maynard Keenan, a member of the Grammy-winning band Tool, owns the Caduceus Cellars label, which manufactures numerous wines. He created one of the greatest films on winemaking, which is titled ‘Blood Into Wine.
  50. In Colorado, with more than 100 wineries, grapes are grown at the highest altitudes in the America, ranging from 4,000 to 7,000 ft.

There are the 50 facts about wine in America.

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