Wines of Eastern North America: From Prohibition to the Present - A History and Desk Reference

Author(s): Hudson Cattell

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In 1975 there were 125 wineries in eastern North America. By 2013 there were more than 2,400. How and why the eastern United States and Canada became a major wine region of the world is the subject of this history. Unlike winemakers in California with its Mediterranean climate, the pioneers who founded the industry after Prohibition 1933 in the United States and 1927 in Ontario had to overcome natural obstacles such as subzero cold in winter and high humidity in the summer that favored diseases devastating to grapevines. Enologists and viticulturists at Eastern research stations began to find grapevine varieties that could survive in the East and make world-class wines. These pioneers were followed by an increasing number of dedicated growers and winemakers who fought in each of their states to get laws dating back to Prohibition changed so that an industry could begin.Hudson Cattell, a leading authority on the wines of the East, in this book presents a comprehensive history of the growth of the industry from Prohibition to today. He draws on extensive archival research and his more than thirty-five years as a wine journalist specializing in the grape and wine industry of the wines of eastern North America. The second section of the book adds detail to the history in the form of multiple appendixes that can be referred to time and again. Included here is information on the origin of grapes used for wine in the East, the crosses used in developing the French hybrids and other varieties, how the grapes were named, and the types of wines made in the East and when. Cattell also provides a state-by-state history of the earliest wineries that led the way.


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"In Eastern North America, the biodiversity of ecosystems and the exponential growth of new generation vineyards and wineries makes this broad region unique in the world of wine. One can go on the Internet and search for wines made in any eastern American state or Canadian province. What you will not find in cyberspace, however, is the backstory of the incredibly difficult challenges social, political, scientific, and environmental faced by individuals who wanted to advance the business of growing table wine here. Hudson Cattell's book offers deep historical perspective and agricultural detail regarding the ongoing challenges facing eastern grape growers, wine makers, and wine sellers." Lucie Morton, internationally known viticulturist, ampelographer, and author of Winegrowing in Eastern America: An Illustrated Guide to Viticulture East of the Rockies

General Fields

  • : 9780801451980
  • : Cornell University Press
  • : Cornell University Press
  • : November 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hudson Cattell
  • : Hardback
  • : 384