While America may not be known for it’s fabulous wine, every single state produces, or attempts to produce, different wines. European settlers first introduced wine in North America over 300 years ago. Although there are grapes native to the continent, the majority of the wine produced comes from the European grape strain Vitis vinifera, which led to the growth of the wine making industry.
America is the fourth largest wine producing country in the world, surpassed only by France, Italy, and Spain. While eighty-nine percent of all wine in the country is made in California, wine production throughout the country has been steadily growing. American wines were never considered fine wines, but recently native products, especially from California, have been increasingly competing with fine European wines.