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Do You Know about the Wines of the United States?

Most of the wine lovers must be aware that the United States is in the third spot in the list of largest producers of wines in the world.

When we think about the reason for this, we can understand one major point that Americans have developed a great taste for wines when compared to all other nations of the world.

Wine grape varieties

What could be the possible reason for this? Not only could the imports have made this but also the native wine grapes of the United States to a smaller extent.

Read more about the native wine grapes of the United States here…

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Interesting Facts about the Wine Grapes of America

Before we get to know about the different native grapes of America, I would like to share a few facts about the grapes of America that are unknown to the world.

The first one is that grapes are considered to be the highest value fruit crop in the country and are valued at around at $5 billion.

The grapes in the United States contribute to around 32% of all the non-citrus fruits in the country.

Do you know that there are almost 25,000 farms growing grapes? With over 1,100,000 acres of vineyards, the country acquires the sixth spot to be the largest wine grapes growers of the world.

Although the United States is home to a number of native wine grape species, the following are considered to be the important ones.

Vitis labrusca

I would say that this is the most famous grape flavour in this planet.

The taste that is given by the Concord variety of this species would be the incarnation of the grape flavour that has been linked to our purple-coloured candies.

Apart from the taste, this grape variety would give a foxy smell to the wines that are being derived from it.

This could give the best ever sweet wines which are deep red in colour, highly acidic, and with the aromas of:

  • Strawberry
  • Fruit-punch
  • Violets
  • Musk

Vitis riparia

This is the wine grape species that can be widely found in the Midwestern parts of the United States, and could fascinate all the wine lovers around the globe by its novel and unique taste.

This grape species is considered to be the most commercially viable Native American grape species for being used as the grafted root with Vitis vinifera.

The wines that are made from this species would have higher acidity levels and would come with stronger herbaceous aromas.

Vitis rotundifolia

This wine grape variety can be seen only in the south-eastern parts of the United States. These grape species have found to be effective in curing obesity.

Muscadine, a variety of Vitis rotundifolia, will be bigger in size and have plenty of antioxidants. This variety is found to have a special acid called ellagic acid, which is found to be reducing the formation of fatty liver, an important cause of obesity.

Therefore, what we get from this species is the sweet wine with the health benefits!

Vitis aestivalis

The well-known variety of this species is ‘Norton’, which is a black-coloured grape. This variety has proven its potential to be the consistent red wine grape variety.

Norton, which can be widely seen in the Midwest parts of the United States, is known to produce the wines that are highly acidic with slight tannin and with the following aromas:

  • Blackberries
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Earth


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