Country – Canada
One of the newest of wine countries of the new world, Canada’s wine industry has been growing significantly in the last few decades, its major claim to fame being the Canadian Ice Wines which compete with the best of European Eisweins. The majority of the Canadian wineries can be found in the desert climate of Okanagan Valley of British Columbia on the west coast which also happens to be one of the northern most wine regions of the world, and the Burgundy like climates of the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario on the east coast. Between them and Quebec and some smaller wineries elsewhere in the country, there are over 30,000 acres of cultivated land dedicated to growing grapes for wine making - the most successful grapes being the cool climate grapes of the aromatic Alsatian varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and some significant reds including Pinot Noir .
Country – United States
The past decades have witnessed a stellar boom in the American wine making industry. Like elsewhere in the world, wine production in the United States started with the advent of the European settlement, steadily gaining momentum since the Californian Gold Rush in 1849. The west coast has led American wine production, between Seattle, in Washington State, and Los Angeles, California, covering over 950 acres in all. Small and large vineyards, including the likes of legendary vineyards like Mondavi, Gallo, Simi and Fetzer contribute to about 90% of the total wine production of United States. The most prominent and glamorous regions of the country being Napa and Sonoma, closely followed by the Central Valley, State of Washington, Oregon, New York, Virginia, and Texas. All these areas are known for their excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Merlot. New wineries are cropping up every day as are varietals and exciting blends.