French, Spanish, and Italian wines are the most famous and some of the world’s best wines. Chile, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, and Portugal have some of the greatest wines that every wine lover knows. But what about the wines of the United States?
North America is known for its Cabernets and its Zinfandel, an aboriginal grape. Especially California, with the Napa Valley and Sonoma County regions, there are also great wines in New York, Oregon, Washington, and other states. Wine is made in 45 of the 50 states of the United States of America.
The diversity of landscapes, soils and microclimates has allowed the development of a very varied range of wines. However, it has been California that has given American viticulture its recognition. Napa Valley has more than 150 years of winemaking tradition. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay’s predominant strains are the Zinfandel used for red wines and blushes (rosés). Sonoma is another of the most important Californian areas known for its Pinot Noir, which, due to the area’s climate, requires longer ripening times, which influences the concentration of aromas and flavours.
The United States has definitely some of the best wines in the world.
In the Northwest of the United States, one of the best-known areas for its wines in the country, Washington has almost 14,000 hectares of vineyards. The state owes its fame to its white wines based on Chardonnay and Riesling.
The United States has become an important wine-producing and importing country. It is one of the largest wine consumers in the world. California has been producing wine for over two hundred years. Half of the vineyards in the state of California are dedicated to wine. The rest is sold as raisins and 10% as table grapes.