Tennessee Wine Country
“Wine country” is not the first thought that comes to mind when you think of Tennessee. That might change in a few short years. Tennessee’s wine industry has been growing fast.
Yes, we have a hard time growing most of Vitis vinifera. Vitis vinifera are the European type of grapes. These are grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. Most people are familiar with wines made from these grapes. Because they have been around for thousands of years, they are usually the most-prized by many winemakers, too.
Tennessee terrain is great for growing hybrid grapes. Hybrids are crosses between two grapes. Hybrids are widely grown in many areas because they are easier to grow than Vitis vinifera varieties and because they make outstanding wines.
Grapes that Grow Well in Tennessee
Examples of grapes that grow well in Tennessee are Chambourcin, Chardonel, Vidal Blanc and Traminette.
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