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Until recently the Alabama Native Farm Winery Act posed a major obstacle to wine enthusiasts in this southern state. The Act required wineries to source 75% of their grapes from vineyards near the winery, and also decreed that wineries could only be located in ‘wet’ counties. This proved quite a hurdle for producers in a state that is one-third ‘dry’.

Fortunately for the nascent industry, this restrictive Act was finally overturned in 2002.  It will still take much promotion and education to bring Alabama up to the national average for wine consumption, but it is a task which the newly formed Alabama Wineries and Grapegrowers Association is keen to take on. Currently there are seven wineries in the state working with both Muscadine and French hybrids.  

Don’t look for Chardonnay in Alabama, as Vitis vinifera vines are generally overwhelmed by Pierce’s disease in this hot and humid environment. The Alabama signature grape variety is the native Muscadine, which flourishes along the sunny coastal Read more »

Varietals Produced in Alabama View all

  • Merlot

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

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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