09 August 2022
Five surprising US wine regions
Cabernet Sauvignon in the Arizona desert and other great wines from unusual places
The US is the world’s fourth largest wine producing country after Spain, France and Italy. Most American wines come from California, but you might be surprised to know that there are currently 267 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in 34 states in America, including places with challenging climates such as Arizona, Idaho and Wisconsin.
In our US Fine Wine Investment Report 2022, we provide in-depth analysis of the top fine wine regions in the US, namely north and central coast California and the Pacific northwest. In this article, we profile five exciting but less familiar US wine regions and highlight five age-worthy wines.
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The relatively flat landscape of the midwest means that winds from the Gulf of Mexico can reach vineyards in Missouri. This creates a significant temperature difference between night and day, prolonging the ripening process and aiding the accumulation of flavours.
Unlike California, Oregon and Washington, which made their names with international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Missouri is determined to bring native varieties to the global market.
Besides the state grape Norton, the most commonly planted varieties in Missouri are Chambourcin, Seyval Blanc, Ravat Vignoles and Traminette.
Grapes used for this wine are from a tiny parcel of vines planted around the time of the American Civil War. Only 36 cases are made every year.
Norton is a rarity among American grapes. It does not have the “foxy” taste typical of American native varieties and possesses comparable concentration, body and tannin level to some of the most highly regarded European varieties. It also has an exceptionally high level of resveratrol – the compound in grapes that is thought to be good for heart health!
Stone Hill Winery Norton Old Vine Reserve 2015
- Score: 88+pts by Wine Advocate
- Blend: 100% Norton, the state grape of Missouri
- Drinking window: 2020-2028