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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  • Easley Winery Pink Catawba NV


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    Wine review by drumgirl

  • Alpha Omega Era 2011


    100% cab. Dark, brooding and powerful, but with finesse. Hints of mint with currant, cassis on the nose. Great structure and balance for such a powerful and young wine. Really remarkable. It's elegant and possessed with a noble red wine character and simply put, contains all the great things cab is, in perfect harmony. Delicious and age wo... Read More

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  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat . Halloween Label NV


    didn't care for it. Read More

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  • French Lick Catawba 2005


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

    Wine review by Sevenone2

  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat . Halloween Label NV


    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

    Wine review by SweetWineJenn

  • Hello! My name is Cheryl. A friend just told me about this site and I have to say I am loving it! I have mainly been a Napa Valley Cab drinker. Recently I have been introduced to Italian wine and have found I really enjoy it. So I am looking for some good suggestions on some Italian reds and any other good reds. Thanks! Read More

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  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat . Halloween Label NV


    Just like juice. Very sweet with a pleasant aftertaste. Almost too good. Gives a wicked hangover though. Read More

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  • Mount Pleasant Pink Catawba NV


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  • Montezuma Winery Red Blend Cayuga Lake Fat Frog Red NV


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