While only a few US states may be known all around the world for their wine production, there are now wine producers located in every state of the country, creating a diverse range of wines that are completely unique to that region. From the intensely flavored grapes of Arizona to the fruity flavors that have recently been coming out of South Florida, these wine destinations may be unexpected, but they each have so much to offer.
The first vineyard in Arizona was established in 1973, and now that the many different microclimates that the state has to offer are better understood, there are over 100 different vineyards to be found. From all the way south, on the border of Mexico, to regions up north, such as Sedona and Jerome, Arizona’s wines have won numerous awards, and have even been served at the White House since 1989. When it comes to the Greater Phoenix area, there are a few wineries that really stand out. The Su Vino Winery in Scottsdale is a custom winery, creating unique blends and varietals, and allows guests to participate in the wine making process before bottling and taking home their wine. The LDV Winery can also be found in Scottsdale, and places a focus on growing grapes as sustainably as possible in order to be able to create a fine, high-quality wine.
Florida’s wineries may be slightly atypical, making use of native ingredients wherever possible in order to produce their unique wines. Muscadine grapes are native to the state, and feature heavily in a number of wines from Florida, as do the different fruits that grow beautifully here. Schnebly Redland’s Winery in Miami is a winery that does not use grapes and instead creates wines from exotic fruits, such as mango, avocado, lychee and passionfruit, with the avocado wine being made from the natural oils that separate during the fermentation process. Schebly Redland’s is also home to the first craft brewery in Miami, using unique combinations of fruits, herbs and spices to create one-of-a-kind beers. A couple of hours drive from Miami is the Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery, which specializes in the native muscadine and scuppernong grapes that have a super sweet, honey-like taste.
The wine industry in Texas is rapidly growing, and there are now over 220 bonded wineries to be found in the state, many of which are located in the Austin area. Rather than replicating the way in which California grows wine, the Austin wineries focus more on native grapes, as well as those that grow well in the Mediterranean. For those wanting to visit several different wineries in one day, it is worth heading to the Texas Hill Country Viticultural Area, which is the area’s wine-growing region located just over an hour west of Austin. There are over 15 different wineries and tasting rooms here, giving you the opportunity to sample many of the region’s different award-winning wines.
Different regions across America are emerging as up and coming wine destinations, and although they may not produce classic wines, their contemporary twists make their products outstanding. From the fruity wineries of Miami to the one-of-a-kind blends that come from Phoenix, these surprising wine destinations are all worth visiting.