Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula

Michigan is home to more than 70 wineries and 4 federally approved viticultural areas (AVAs). In the northwest part of the state lie the Leelanau Peninsula and the Old Mission Peninsula. In the southwest lie the Lake Michigan Shore and Fennville AVAs. Experiencing explosive growth over the past 10 years, wine production has increased fromRead more

On The Monticello Wine Trail

In celebration of Virginia Wine Month, I decided to begin October with a recap of my recent visit to Charlottesville, Virginia along the Monticello Wine Trail. Located in the Monticello Viticultural Area (AVA), more than 20 wineries claim residence along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our first stop included a visit toRead more

Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA

The Upper Mississippi River Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) officially became the world’s largest designated appellation on July 22nd. Encompassing 29,914 square miles along the Upper Mississippi River and its tributaries in northeast Iowa, northwest Illinois, southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin, the AVA unseats the 26,000-square-mile Ohio River Valley AVA. Though the region is big,Read more

North Carolina On The Rise

On April 29th, North Carolina will welcome Haw River Valley as the states 3rd designated grape growing region, joining Swan Creek and Yadkin Valley. Located in the northern and central portion of the state, the Haw River Valley AVA encompasses approximately 868 sq. miles (555,508 acres). The area presently includes 6 wineries and over 10Read more

Sawtooth Winery

Today’s stop across the other 46 states is Sawtooth Winery, located in Nampa, Idaho, in the Snake River Valley AVA. Idaho is that other state located in the Pacific Northwest, well suited for growing many different Vinifera varieties. With 38 wineries to date and counting, the industry is thriving more than ever. Typically known forRead more