Monday, June 9, 2014
Leif Eriksson originally named North America Vineland becasue of the multitude of grape vines he encountered.
If fact, there are more species of native grapes in North America than in any other country.
When the French established colonies in what is now Jacksonville, Florida, in 1562, they produce wine using a wild Suppernong grape that is native to the Southern US.
In 2004 an old wine cellar was discovered in Jamestown with an empty bottle dating back to the 17th century. Giving evidence that shows there was an active wine industry as far back as the 1600s.
In 1683, William Penn planted the first vineyard in Pennsylvania.
Even early German, French and Italian immigrants all made their own wines when they came to the United States.
The United States has an over 400 year history of producing wine, who knew!