No matter which of our 50 states you visit, you”ll be able to find an American vineyard. Both the number of U.S. vineyards and the reputation of their wines have grown enormously in recent years. This is good news for those who enjoy the unique qualities of American wines.
Wineries in California
California boasts more American wineries than any other U.S. state. This is due to weather conditions that are ideal for growing the grapes needed to produce fine wines. The long, warm California growing season is gentle to delicate grapes.
You can find American wineries in many areas of California, and the Napa Valley is probably the most well-known. Napa Valley is world-famous for its Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons.
There are numerous vineyards in the Napa Valley that produce wines ranging from everyday table wine to world-class collectibles. Because of the countless varieties of wine available from this region, the price range is large. Californian wines start around $18 and can sell for more than $600.
Wineries in Colorado
The hot days and cool nights of Colorado, coupled with elevations of over 4,000 feet, create an excellent wine-growing environment. Colorado boasts about 60 U.S. wineries, many located in the Colorado River”s Grand Valley. This area is said to have growing conditions similar to famous wine-growing areas of France.
Colorado is best known for Syrah and Viognier wines. The price range for wines grown in this area is as low as $4 per bottle for wines from Carlson Vineyards to about $22 for a Balistreri Colorado Merlot.
Wineries in New Jersey
While this state doesn”t often come to mind when thinking about vineyards in the United States, New Jersey is home to our country”s oldest continuously operating vineyard, The Renault Winery. The Renault Winery has been producing wine since 1861. It is well-known for fruit wines as well as:
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Prices for Renault Winery wines range from $9.99 to $16.99 per bottle.
In addition to the Renault Winery, New Jersey also boasts approximately 20 other vineyards.
Wineries in Florida
Long before Florida became a U.S. state, Spanish settlers were producing wine in this region. Because of its warm, humid climate, the muscadine grape and muscadine hybrids thrive. These grapes are sweet, and Florida”s wines are known for their sweetness.
Wineries in Michigan and Missouri
On the Old Mission Peninsula in Michigan, the bay”s deep water helps to tame the temperatures in autumn and winter. This brings excellent conditions for growing quality Riesling grapes, making this area of America well-known for Riesling wines. In fact, in 2002 a Michigan Riesling won the prize for best dessert wine in an international competition.
Another great place to find wineries in the United States is Hermann, Mo. This area, west of St. Louis, runs along the southern bank of the Missouri River. The climate here has extreme temperature changes. Yet, wine has been successfully produced in the region since the 1800s.
Grapes native to the United States, such as Norton and other cold-tolerant hybrids, thrive here. At the Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, wines range from $10.99 per bottle to $18.99 per bottle for wine made from the Norton grape.