North America

The Spaniards are responsible for bringing wine (and vines) to Mexico in the 16th century. Early European settlers also attempted to grow their imported vines in what is now the United Sates, but the results were unimpressive. Ohio and New York wines made from native grapes, such as the Catawba grape, enjoyed several decades of popularity in the 19th century. However, within a few decades, California’s meteoric rise was underway and the rest is history. Canada turns out some notable ice-wines, but their dalliances with the grape are largely few and far between.


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