If we talk about wine in the U.S. probably the first thing that comes to mind are the excellent wines of California. But this country, fourth largest producer and major consumer, has an area of over 2500 hectares of vineyards, most notably the wines produced on the East Coast, particularly those of Virginia, who though young vines, create wines that can captivate us.
In fact, wine lovers should not miss the opportunity to visit this land of vineyards in the state of Washington DC, from the coast to the Appalachian Mountains. An average trip to Virginia can become an experience of wine tourism. We can enjoy interesting visits to wineries with wine tastings, but also we will see a distinctive and unique landscape which will lead us to adventure tourism routes, such as visits to wineries preceded by kayaking, among other activities. This has meant that Virginia has been considered one of the top ten destinations in the world this 2012. Viticulture in Virginia has an excellent government support and it can be noticed.
The large scale production of wine in United States is relatively recent (only relatively), and although it has undergone significant ups and downs throughout its history, it seems that the trend is upward. Good news for wine lovers and American wine makers.
Although there are native varieties of vine, until European settlers introduced the variety called vitis vinifera they did not begin to develop high quality wine. Yet, the technology, the marketing and the very character of North Americans have made possible to obtain very different wines in Virginia. Wines with personality and quite different from what we have already tasted, something that is very attractive not only to local consumers but to the general public, a new value in American wine.
Usually in the U.S. white wines most notably those composed primarily of Chardonnay are preferred, they are a best seller and the right choice for all occasions. Certainly in Virginia you can get fruity white wines with this variety of grape and some others well known in their composition. These white wines are a good choice for many different kinds of food. Look forward to hear from your preferences regarding this point.
Also pink wines made with pink White Zinfandel are very popular. But we cannot forget the red wines, especially those with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are increasingly coming into more fame and importance that of course they deserve. The innovation of oenologist, many of them European, result in wines with a recognizable character.