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  • n. common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes


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  • After a few desultory paragraphs on Thomas Jefferson and Virginia's six American Viticultural Areas (a discussion that demonstrates only that they can read a map), the authors point out that Virginia specializes in vinifera varieties, "especially Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot."

    Wine: What Virginia and Maryland are up against

  • In 1962, he started his own winery and led what has become known as the vinifera revolution in New York state. -

  • The ancient seeds belonged to a domesticated grape variety, known as Vitis vinifera vinifera, that is still used to make red wine today, the team reported.

    Perhaps a Red, 4,100 B.C.

  • Like the other three new wineries, both Imagine Moore winery and Keuka Lake Winery seem to be focusing their winemaking toward vinifera, which is a great sign.


  • In the 19th-Century, before vinifera was widely planted, some American wineries in Ohio and in the Finger Lakes produced great wines with Catawba (including a sparkler at Great Western in Hammondsport that won some critical acclaim in Europe).

    What We Drank (July 7, 2009)

  • While there are a lot of wineries dedicated primarily to vinifera, these wineries are not clustered in one location, and therefore a visitor travelling down the road may encounter several wineries with a non-vinifera emphasis between wineries that offer dryer fair.

    A Tale of Two Niagaras

  • For others, the only vinifera varietals that are remotely palatable (particularly where reds are concerned) are the sweets.

    A Tale of Two Niagaras

  • Vidal blanc, a French hybrid grape, is a grape that doesn't get enough respect (a problem many hybrids face) but it does particularly well in the cool climate of the Finger Lakes where it's winter hardiness makes it a somewhat safer choice than vinifera varieties.

    The New York Cork Report:

  • Frankly, I find drinking these wines a refreshing change from the sometimes monolithic flavors experienced with tasting the same noble vinifera.

    A Tale of Two Niagaras

  • In a non ideal vineyard situation, hybrids and natives will probably always out perform vinifera.

    A Tale of Two Niagaras


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