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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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay Napa Valley Beth 2007

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    Big nose of toasted hazelnut. Nice layers on the palate of fig, melon and baked apple. If feels like a red on the palate. Nutty, tropical fruits. Dense and layered with the slightest hint of butterscotch on the finish. So good!- Tasted at Marché Bacchus 5/29/10 Read More

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  • Buck Creek Winery Red Blend Trilogy

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    When I first started drinking wine, I preferred sweet wines like most...and in ... with Steuben, Concord, and Catawba grapes that they had brought in from somewhere else...and this batch was made from the same kind of grapes, but from grapes they grew there at the winery. I bought a bottle. *smile* If you can, go in and get a bottle of the 201... Read More

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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay Napa Valley 2005

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  • Alpha Omega Red Bordeaux Blend Rutherford Era 2006

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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay Napa Valley Beth 2007

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    On the nose- honeysuckle, pineapple, pear, banana and a hint of grass, citrus and green apple, butterscotch and ginger. On the palate- round velvety mouthfeel with fresh grapefruit, minerality, caramel, tangerine and apricot. Still awesome!- Tasted at the winery 4/19/10 Read More

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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay Napa Valley Beth 2007

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    Delightfully balanced oak and fruit on this chardonnay. I loved it!! Read More

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  • Wyandotte Winery Catawba Grandstand NV

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    An amazing native American Grape, first grape to be grown in Ohio. Henry ... ... ... Longfellow tried the Catawba grape and fell in love with it, so much so that he wrote an Ode...Ode to Catawba Wine. This wine is wonderful as an apertif, and pairs well with pepperjack cheese and baby swis Read More

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    This is a awesome wine! If you like a sweet wine this is the one! And is very smooth! Read More

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  • Summerset Winery Harvest White Blend NV

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    Very good.... but I have had better Catawba wines in Iowa. Read More

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