American Wine AVAs: Fenneville, Michigan to Fredericksburg, Texas

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Fenneville
The Fenneville AVA is located eastern shores of Lake Michigan in western Michigan and is entirely contained within the Lake Michigan Shore AVA . It enjoys the separate appellation because of its moderate climate and glacial, sandy, free-draining soils. Popular grape varieties include Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. You can also find juice grapes such as Concord.

Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes AVA is located in upstate New York. This region covers 2.6 million acres (over a million hectares), with over 11,000 acres (about 4500 hectares) planted in vines. This is New York State's largest wine region, accounting for 80% of the state’s total wine-grape production. The soils are often glacial. This AVA is known for a short growing season and cold winters as in Germany. In both cases the dominant grape variety is Riesling, well suited to the climactic conditions. Finger Lakes Riesling is known for powerful floral aromatics, fresh acidity, and mineral, citrus and apple flavors. Other cool climate varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc, are widespread. Both Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are found in the warmer parts of the AVA. Sparkling wines and ice wines are regional specialties.

Finger Lakes New York Vineyards

Finger Lakes New York Vineyards

Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country
Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA may well be the longest AVA name. It comes from central Texas and covers about 70 thousand acres (about 28 thousand hectares near the historic town of Fredericksburg, part of the very large Texas Hill Country AVA. The area is a limestone-rich savanna whose soils are mostly well drained clay-based loams. The climate is subtropical. The most popular grape varieties are Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, but Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Gewurztraminer are also grown. Very little Fredericksburg wine leaves the state of Texas.


      
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