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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  • French Lick Catawba 2005


    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


    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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  • 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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    Love Fat Frog Red!! Read More

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    Goes w/ everything! Inexpensive, fun to drink even w/ chicken wings! Nice to have on hand when friends drop by. Love it! Read More

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  • Creekbend Vineyard Catawba 2011


    A definite strawberry bubblegum flavor and smell, but there is so much more. This wine has some nice fruit flavors some sweet pear and apple flavors along with the strawberry backbone. It has a dryer finish but still soft and subtle. Read More

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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009


    This is a very good and enjoyable Chardonnay. 90 points in my book. Read More

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