USA Wine

"American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and traditions to these shores from the Old World. In that sense, Appellation America is over 400 years old. American wine has endured ecological, political and social hardships over the centuries, but it has evolved with each challenge.
       Up to the late 1800s, the vine thrived in America, with the epicenter of winemaking in the Midwest along the banks of the Ohio River and shores of Lake Erie. At the turn of the last century phylloxera and Prohibition would together transform the viticultural landscape of America. In the 20th century, California would emerge as America’s dominate wine state (now producing 90% of the national total), but by the dawn of the 21st century winemaking would spread to every state in the union, with grapes grown in all but four. Across the 50 states exists the world's greatest diversity of climates, and virtually every species of vine can find a niche somewhere Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of USA

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Connecticut

    Passage of the Connecticut Winery Act in 1978 sparked a rapid increase in the number of wineries ...

  • Delaware

    A new, but quickly growing wine region, Delaware's wineries sit on sandy soil and enjoy a clima...

  • Iowa

    Famous as a "corn state", Iowa has focused on growing wine grapes in recent years. Acreage under ...

  • Kentucky

      The Kentucky wine industry began in 1798 when Jean-Jacques Dufour, winemaker for the Marqu...

  • Maryland

    has been at the forefront of American viticultural research since the mid-1600s when Lord Baltim...

  • Michigan

      Michigan is one of the earliest states to have been settled and produce wine. In the 1670s...

  • Minnesota

    presents some of the greatest cold-climate challenges of any wine-producing state. Vines must of...

  • New Mexico

      Some of the earliest wine production in the United States took place in New Mexico. In 162...

  • New York

    Though the first successful North American wine production is often credited to California, New...

  • Oregon

    The history of Oregon wine-making dates back to the mid 1800s. Horticulturalist Henderson Luell...

  • Texas

    One’s immediate associations of the state of Texas most often have to do with spurred boots, te...

  • Virginia

      It’s a little known fact that wines have been produced in the state of Virginia for centur...

  • Washington

      Washington State has become the second largest wine producer in the US, however its qua...

  • Alabama

    Until recently the Alabama Native Farm Winery Act posed a major obstacle to wine enthusiasts in t...

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

    Wine has been produced in the state of Arizona for centuries. As is the story with California a...

Popular Wineries in USA View all

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

  • Matchbook

    Our Vision. "Produce wines we love to drink at prices we don't mind paying

  • Cupcake Vineyards

    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • 3 Blind Moose

    Truth be told, the moose aren’t blind. They just think it’s cool to share good wine with friends,...

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  • Five wine regions in the USA to fit global tastes. Go to Idaho for superb Spanish Reds. http://www.sunset.com/travel/wine-regions-travel-guide-00418000071920/

    Comment by 281773Moya Shatz 281773 Moya Shatz


  • Idaho is emerging as part of the new frontier for wine making, with 38 total wineries. From a geographical standpoint, the state has ideal growing conditions. Vinifera, or wine grapes, actually thrive in the distinctly four-season climate. Snake River Valley's lack of rainfall is also considered a plus, since potentially ruinous precipitation i...

    Comment by 281773Moya Shatz 281773 Moya Shatz


  • Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2010

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    A gift from a friend.. I like it.... Very drinkable inexpensive table wine.. Strawberry..cowboyish... Good. Read More

    Wine review by robfohl


  • Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah Livermore Valley Conservancy 2009

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    So...trying my best to venture beyond my favorite style (pinot noir). This petite sirah from the Livermore Valley reminds me of pinot noir. Almost too silky and smooth, but difficult to ignore the beautiful black berry, spice, and apple pie notes. Very good at $13! Read More

    Wine review by matthewjk


  • St. Supéry Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

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    Lovely smooth cab. Good with cheese and cold ham - not sure that it would hold up to a super rich meal. Read More

    Wine review by Heather B


  • Apothic Red Winemaker's Blend California 2012

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    Took a shot in the dark with this one and was pleasantly surprised. Nice forward fruit, full body and a big finish. If you're staring at wine in the grocery this one's hard to beat for $10. Read More

    Wine review by Drec


  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by NealS


  • Rock Wall Wine Co. Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    The quality is there but this is just not my style of chardonnay. Loads of stone fruit and oak with plenty of honey and butterscotch. A little thick on the tongue with medium acidity and a fairly long finish. If you're looking for a big Cali chard this may fit the bill. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Justin Obtuse Port Style 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series 2010

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    The wine itself is a lovely deep, inky purple at the center that melds into a bright ruby along the edges. The nose just seems to grab you by the collar and really let's you know that you're about to sip something truly sublime, with rich black fruit notes, leather and cedar all dancing in your mind. The taste is wonderfully complex, with some... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Primarius Pinot Noir Oregon 2011

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    Agreed on strawberries and a dusky but delicate wordiness. Quite bright for a domestic Pinot, but tasty. Read More

    Wine review by dutchpet


  • Cline Pinot Noir Cool Climate Sonoma Coast 2011

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    light, but good Read More

    Wine review by amboucher


  • Ugh New Mexico was the first and oldest to bring wine over with the Spanish

    Comment by 1172438Oenophile 1172438 Oenophile


  • Hey don't forget to try Texas wines

    Comment by 878999joe the wine oh 878999 joe the wine oh


  • Hey don't forget to try Texas wines

    Comment by 878999joe the wine oh 878999 joe the wine oh


  • where can I buy wan fu wine, you showed wan fu usa wine for $6.99 in 1 store but no address, please tell me a location in california, if possible close to my location north hills ca.91343

    Comment by 874111kZAZA 874111 kZAZA


  • Do you have the white organic wine call Re Leaf? I am looking for a wine that just has the natural sulphites from the grapes as otherwise I get headaches. Re Leaf agreed with me.

    Comment by 831762hshoff 831762 hshoff


  • Just had a great visit at J. Maki Winery in Elverson Pennsylvania. Try the Chardonnay and Champagne!

    Comment by 820083ncookie 820083 ncookie


  • Another area that doesnt get enough credit is South West Colorado. They make some really good wines. I really suggest checking them out. There is actualy a long history of wineries in Colorado before prohibition, but most wineries ripped out the vines to replace them with fruit trees to make money.

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