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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  • Brights Sherry Canada 1974

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    A very nice Sherry and probably one of the nicest in Canada. Made in Ontario - I would assume it was for Bright's centenary in 1974, but I am not sure of this.It's easy drinking, light, but not without depth and body. It reminds me of communion wine a bit, but in a good way.By elderly father loves this more than many expensive sherries. We've... Read More

    Wine review by Peter1870


  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat . Halloween Label NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Rose21461


  • Mon Ami Winery Pink Catawba NV

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    My wife loves smooth sweet wines and this is one of her favorites. I tend to ... pour myself a glass of this catawba. If you're used to drinking White Zin and like it you should really try this wine. Unfortunately, this varietal can be very difficult to find outside of Ohio where it originates as is true with most Ohio wines. Ohio wines are of... Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat . Halloween Label NV

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    Wine review by hsjwmom


  • Red White & Blue NV

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    Wine review by JohnnyD1966


  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat . Halloween Label NV

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat . Halloween Label NV

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Oliver Winery Soft Rose NV

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    I won't say I hate it, but I can't say I love it either. This is my ... ... Indiana wines (even the foxy Catawba, of which this wine is made), but this is clearly geared toward simple drinkers and simple drinking, read more...and is not a wine I take seriousl Read More

    Wine review by la dut


  • Oliver Winery Soft Rose 2008

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    This was my first wine to really get me excited about trying other wines. It's a little sweet and rather light. I'm working on reds now, but I think I'll do this one again come the hot summer. Read More

    Wine review by crystalblue


  • Bully Hill Equinox Blush NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by PShebearzz


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