Catawba

Even older than the Concord grape, this historically-important variety is thought to be a chance seedling from North Carolina, originating in that state’s Piedmont region and named after the nearby Catawba River. A hybrid of labrusca and another native species, it is commonly grown in the eastern United States and in Canada.

Catawba is often used to produce sweet wine and ultra-sweet ice wine, in addition to red and rosé table wines. The grape's high acid profile also makes it suitable as a base for sparkling wine production. Catawba based wines are distinguished by a so-called 'foxy' aroma, although modern winemaking sometimes manages to moderate this tendency. Catawba grapes may fail to ripen properly, unless grown in areas with a long growing season. The varietal also has some susceptibility to fungal diseases.


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Catawba on Snooth

  • Alpha Omega II Red Blend United States 2008

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    Very nice wine. Lots of dark fruit, blackberries and plums, but not a fruit forward wine. A wonderful and evolving spice. Medium plus finish with exquisite mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Stone Hill Pink Catawba Stone Hill Pink Catawba

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    If you like sweet wines this is a very nice wine for a summer BBQ.. Read More

    Wine review by lakenvelder


  • Alpha Omega II Red Blend 2009

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    Wonderful wine. Full structure and front and mid palate loaded! The entry and mid palate are big, ripe, and full structured. The tannins are fine and the nose is fantastic! Mocha notes entice the senses in this great accessible blend from a fantastic winery in Alpha Omega. My only criticism is in the lack of the end palate. The finish dissip... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Alpha Omega Era 2010

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Easley Winery Pink Catawba NV

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  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat . Halloween Label NV

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    didn't care for it. Read More

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  • French Lick Catawba 2005

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    Not as sweet as a moscato or Riesling. I enjoyed this wine Read More

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  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat . Halloween Label NV

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    One of my favorites wines for just kicking back. Definitely sweet, but pairs great with things like pizza and hot wings. This is one of my go-to's for when I just want wines on hand. Read More

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