USA Wine

"American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and traditions to these shores from the Old World. In that sense, Appellation America is over 400 years old. American wine has endured ecological, political and social hardships over the centuries, but it has evolved with each challenge.
       Up to the late 1800s, the vine thrived in America, with the epicenter of winemaking in the Midwest along the banks of the Ohio River and shores of Lake Erie. At the turn of the last century phylloxera and Prohibition would together transform the viticultural landscape of America. In the 20th century, California would emerge as America’s dominate wine state (now producing 90% of the national total), but by the dawn of the 21st century winemaking would spread to every state in the union, with grapes grown in all but four. Across the 50 states exists the world's greatest diversity of climates, and virtually every species of vine can find a niche somewhere Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of USA

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Connecticut

    Passage of the Connecticut Winery Act in 1978 sparked a rapid increase in the number of wineries ...

  • Delaware

    A new, but quickly growing wine region, Delaware's wineries sit on sandy soil and enjoy a clima...

  • Iowa

    Famous as a "corn state", Iowa has focused on growing wine grapes in recent years. Acreage under ...

  • Kentucky

      The Kentucky wine industry began in 1798 when Jean-Jacques Dufour, winemaker for the Marqu...

  • Maryland

    has been at the forefront of American viticultural research since the mid-1600s when Lord Baltim...

  • Michigan

      Michigan is one of the earliest states to have been settled and produce wine. In the 1670s...

  • Minnesota

    presents some of the greatest cold-climate challenges of any wine-producing state. Vines must of...

  • New Mexico

      Some of the earliest wine production in the United States took place in New Mexico. In 162...

  • New York

    Though the first successful North American wine production is often credited to California, New...

  • Oregon

    The history of Oregon wine-making dates back to the mid 1800s. Horticulturalist Henderson Luell...

  • Texas

    One’s immediate associations of the state of Texas most often have to do with spurred boots, te...

  • Virginia

      It’s a little known fact that wines have been produced in the state of Virginia for centur...

  • Washington

      Washington State has become the second largest wine producer in the US, however its qua...

  • Alabama

    Until recently the Alabama Native Farm Winery Act posed a major obstacle to wine enthusiasts in t...

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

    Wine has been produced in the state of Arizona for centuries. As is the story with California a...

Popular Wineries in USA View all

  • Canyon Road Winery

    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Middle Sister

    Because we remember swim lessons and day camp and beach houses. Because we forget bad boyfriends,...

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Tisdale Vineyards

    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

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  • Five wine regions in the USA to fit global tastes. Go to Idaho for superb Spanish Reds. http://www.sunset.com/travel/wine-regions-travel-guide-00418000071920/

    Comment by 281773Moya Shatz 281773 Moya Shatz


  • Idaho is emerging as part of the new frontier for wine making, with 38 total wineries. From a geographical standpoint, the state has ideal growing conditions. Vinifera, or wine grapes, actually thrive in the distinctly four-season climate. Snake River Valley's lack of rainfall is also considered a plus, since potentially ruinous precipitation i...

    Comment by 281773Moya Shatz 281773 Moya Shatz


  • Sycamore Lane Merlot 2012

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    Clear cranberry rusty color and good clarity overall....reminds me of a grape punch look....Aromas of cream, cherry (chocolate maraschino cherry), sweet Virginia tobacco says my Uncle (I agree), muted leather, vanilla softness, and as the flavor goes, it is berry forward, smooth and creamy, vanilla oak, white chocolate/milky character and easy d... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Foward Kidd Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    My Son's 200th day. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Pruett Taylor's Reserve Estate Syrah 2013

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    Quite muted red berries on the tip of the tongue. A little bit of bitterness around the edges and the tip of the tongue. A retro-nasal sensation that suggests eucalyptus. Surprisingly light on tannins. Nothing really bad about this wine, but, also, not, particularly, memorable. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Scott Peterson S.P. Drummer Napa Chardonnay 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines selection and a great example of a balanced oak and fruit California Chardonnay.Light clear gold in the glass. Opens with cola and vanilla; then more vanilla and cream soda; then herbs. Most of this carries over to the palate along with stewed stone fruit - peaches and apricot; along with ripe melon. Very smooth and balanced... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Jezebel Pinot Noir Oregon 2014

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    Tilting to old world in style and a bit shy on the nose with just a hint of dark cherries. Dark cherry on entry that transitions to tart acidity with a lightly tannined sour cherry finish. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Tisdale Moscato NV

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    I bought this on a whim because the local grocery store has it at 3/$10 and found it to be quite the happy surprise. I'm a sweet wine drinker and this was sweet, fruity, and light perfect for a hot day! I really like this since some sweet wines can be thick and this is not like that at all. Definitely a go to for me. Read More

    Wine review by DrueB


  • Myriad Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvigon 2013

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    Very attractive red plum color. Dark brooding nose. On the tongue I get the hoped-for CS black fruit. However, it is quite muted--no sweetness. Then I get something like pencil lead. Some salinity. Im finding this wine not nearly as tannic as I might have guessed. Tart acid makes me want another sip. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rosso di Ca Momi 2014

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    A bit too much oak for my taste. Full body. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Once & Future Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard 2015

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    Nice, BIG Zinfandel. Red fruit on entry--not overly sweet. Fairly stiff tannin, but not over the top. Good acid. Tannin/acid suggests that this wine will benefit from aging. However, I am enjoying this one right now and don't feel one iota of guilt about drinking it, now. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Franc Dusak Malbec Lake County 2015

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection and a smooth one. Smooth number. Deep dark red purple in the glass. Opens with blueberry jam and baking yeast; then black currant and olive; finishes up with fig, ginger, and baking spices and a bit of strawberry/cherry preserves. Medium full in the mouthfeel with a long finish of earthy fruit and spice with ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ugh New Mexico was the first and oldest to bring wine over with the Spanish

    Comment by 1172438Oenophile 1172438 Oenophile


  • Hey don't forget to try Texas wines

    Comment by 878999joe the wine oh 878999 joe the wine oh


  • Hey don't forget to try Texas wines

    Comment by 878999joe the wine oh 878999 joe the wine oh


  • where can I buy wan fu wine, you showed wan fu usa wine for $6.99 in 1 store but no address, please tell me a location in california, if possible close to my location north hills ca.91343

    Comment by 874111kZAZA 874111 kZAZA


  • Do you have the white organic wine call Re Leaf? I am looking for a wine that just has the natural sulphites from the grapes as otherwise I get headaches. Re Leaf agreed with me.

    Comment by 831762hshoff 831762 hshoff


  • Just had a great visit at J. Maki Winery in Elverson Pennsylvania. Try the Chardonnay and Champagne!

    Comment by 820083ncookie 820083 ncookie


  • Another area that doesnt get enough credit is South West Colorado. They make some really good wines. I really suggest checking them out. There is actualy a long history of wineries in Colorado before prohibition, but most wineries ripped out the vines to replace them with fruit trees to make money.

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