Michigan (PRWEB) February 14, 2014
Once limited to areas such as Napa Valley in California, vitaculture is growing in popularity and economic significance in states throughout the country. While California still leads the pack in terms of how much wine is produced, the quality and quantities of wines being produced in states throughout the U.S. is fast increasing. Although not every state may have a federally recognized grape-growing region or viticultural region, every state in the U.S. does have at least one winery.
The U.S. produces around 10% of the world’s total wine annually. Although around half of this wine is produced in California, areas in New York, Texas and Michigan are now producing large amounts of wine as well, many of which are becoming well known for their quality. Take a closer look at these three growing wine regions in the U.S. with Island Trader Vacations Reviews.
Leelanau Peninsula, MI – Situated on the 45th parallel, the Leelanau Peninsula of Michigan is becoming famous for its wines much like other similar more well known regions in France including Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace. A relatively small area of land that stretches into Lake Michigan near the micropolitan region of Traverse City, the Peninsula is home to 25 vineyards/wineries producing wines including Chardonnays, Pinot Gris, Rieslings as well as cherry based wines, another crop famous in the region.
Texas Hill Country, TX – While many people once thought only of cowboys and barbeques when they thought of Texas, this largest contiguous U.S. state has proven to be much more than what it once seemed. The region known as the Hill Country is fast becoming one of the most well known wine regions in the country as well. Spanning 25 counties in central to southern Texas, the Hill Country region features a variety of topographies, but is most famous for its ability to grow high-quality wine grapes. Offering 32 wineries to choose from, this grape growing region is one of the largest AVA’s in the country. Hot and dry weather conditions are ideal for growing a variety of Mediterranean type grapes.
Finger Lakes, NY – A major enterprise in the state of New York, the Finger Lakes region, once known only for recreation, is quickly becoming one of the most recognized and largest wine regions in the country as well. Over 100 wineries are located within this charming tourist region, which provides a variety of wines to choose from including Rieslings, Cabernet Franc and Seyval blanc, just to name a few.
Whether small or large, wine regions throughout the U.S. offer tourists yet another amazing reason to travel. Unique, beautiful and wonderfully diverse, take advantage of this exciting development in tourism and agriculture in the U.S. today.
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