Top 100 wines of North Dakota

Discover the top 100 best wines of North Dakota as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the wines that are popular of North Dakota and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of North Dakota

North Dakota is a state centrally located on the northern border of the United States with Canada. As of 2012, there were no American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in North Dakota, other than the state's Generic appellation. The state covers just over 180,000 km² (70,000 square miles) between latitudes 45°N and 49°N. Despite this latitude - shared with some of Europe's best wine regions - North Dakota has a tiny wine industry, based on fruit wines and cold-hardy Hybrid varieties like Frontenac, La Crescent and Saint-Croix.

The state's Grape and Wine Association has about 14 wineries and a similar number of wineries. North Dakota's continental Climate is subject to climatic extremes that make most of its mesoclimates unsuitable for large-scale grape growing. The wine industry is growing here, however - albeit slowly - and as of 2011, there were nine wineries and 40 vineyards spread across the state, with a Slight concentration southwest of the city of Fargo. Early settlers found wild grapes growing along North Dakota's rivers, but the state's climate and the passage of Prohibition at the time of statehood in 1889 mean that North Dakota's wine history only dates back to the 1990s.

News from the vineyard of North Dakota

US: Premium wine sales strong but challenges remain

Premium wine sales enjoyed a spike in the US last year, continuing a general trend towards higher-priced bottles, suggests data in the latest state of the industry report from Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) wine division. It reported a sales growth rate of 21% in 2021, based on figures from premium wineries in its database. That’s the biggest rise since 2007, it said, adding that the average case price among this group was $271 in 2021, up from $241 in 2020 and $262 in 2019. The increase was ...

Azores to get own regional vine and wine institute

The creation of an Instituto da Vinha e do Vinho dos Açores (IVVA), with headquarters in the island of Pico, follows the remarkable qualitative growth that the Archipelago of the Azores’ wine industry has been experiencing over the past decade. ‘People are excited about growing fruit and making wine here. There are about 300 growers producing their own fruit and a lot of small “garage” producers are starting. Some of them have worked and trained with us and are now making very interesting wines, ...

St-Joseph 2020: report and top-scoring wines

This is a very fine vintage for St-Joseph, with excellent red and white wines to be found along the length of the appellation. Scroll down for tasting notes and scores for the top scoring St-Joseph 2020 wines {"content":"PHA+VGhlcmUgYXJlIG1hbnkgZXhjZXB0aW9uYWwgd2luZXMgZnJvbSBzbWFsbCBidXQgb3V0c3RhbmRpbmcgZ3Jhbml0ZSB0ZXJyb2lycyB0byBiZSBmb3VuZCBmb3IgbGVzcyB0aGFuIMKjNDAgcGVyIGJvdHRsZS48L3A+CjxwPjxkaXYgY2xhc3M9ImFkLWNvbnRhaW5lciBhZC1jb250YWluZXItLW1vYmlsZSI+PGRpdiBpZD0icG9zdC1pbmxpbmUt ...

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