Category: Winegrape and Winemaking Research

Winegrape and Winemaking Research


Searching for American Heritage Wine Grapes In Missouri, Ohio and Texas

Which grapes dominate winemaking today? There are six grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling - that dominate winemaking, and all of them are grown in San Luis Obispo County. They have been referred to as the “noble grapes” by generations of wine writers and authorities who identified these grapes at the top of an aristocratic hierarchy in Vitis vinifera. They are European grapes - none are American Heritage Grapes.