When it comes to exploring the wine regions of northwestern Louisiana, there is a lot to discover. From the oldest native grape in the United States, Norton, to the French wine region, there is something for everyone. Let's take a closer look at the types of wines produced in this area and what makes them unique.Norton is the oldest native grape in the United States and was once one of the most famous wine grapes in the country. It has high acid levels and produces a wine similar to Zinfandel with flavors of blackberries, black cherries, chocolate, and vanilla.
It has only re-emerged in the past 30 years and can grow as far north as Missouri.The French wine region can be divided into two main areas: the vineyards of the north, which are famous for their white wines, and the vineyards of the south (with the exception of the Jura and Savoy), which are more famous for their reds. The main wine-growing areas on the map of French wine regions are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc, Champagne, the Loire Valley, Alsace, the Rhone, Provence and Corsica. In the past, laws allowed wines made in the United States to be labeled as American Burgundy or California champagne.Sparkling wine is often referred to as champagne; however, true champagne is only made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Pinot Meunier grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. In Spain, Tempranillo is a popular grape variety used to make red wines.
There are nearly 3,000 commercial vineyards in the United States and at least one winery in each of the 50 states.
Burgundyis located in eastern France and produces both red and white wines. Winemakers were also growing vineyards in Oregon and Washington, on Long Island (New York), and in many other new places.The wine can age for many years in charred or roasted barrels, oak barrels of French or American origin, new or used oak barrels, or stainless steel tanks. For an AVA to appear on a wine label, at least 85% of the grapes used to produce the wine must have been grown in the AVA. Wine that has 14 percent or less alcohol by volume (ABV) is considered table wine in the United States and light wine in Europe.
Txacoliis a typical white wine that you can taste in the north of Spain, in the Basque Country.In California, the first major vineyard and winery was established in 1769 by Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra near San Diego.
White wines dominate this area with dry Chenin Blanc wines to spicy Sauvignon Blanc and light muscadetes. Wine has been produced in the United States since 16th century with widespread production beginning in New Mexico in 1628.University professors published reports on which grape varieties grew best in which regions, held seminars on winemaking techniques, consulted with winegrowers and winemakers, offered academic degrees in viticulture, and promoted production of quality wines. During this time period, Missouri's wine industry expanded rapidly along both banks of Missouri River west of St. Louis.Exploring northwestern Louisiana's wine regions can be an exciting adventure for any enthusiast.
From Norton to Txacoli there is something for everyone to enjoy. With so many different types of wines available it's easy to find something that suits your taste.