Growing Grapes in Alabama

It was only in 2002 when the repeal of the Alabama Native Farm Winery Act paved the way for a small grape growing and wine making industry in the state. There are presently only seven wineries in Alabama, but the state’s Wineries and Grape Growers Association takes on the responsibility of promoting the fledgling industry to the people. Generally, Alabama summers are hot and dry and winters are relatively milder than those in Midwestern states. Alabama’s vineyards are most well-known for Muscadine grapes, a disease-resistant American variety well-suited to the hot and humid climate and sandy, clay soils in the southern plains of the state. French-American hybrids are successfully cultivated and made into wine in the Upper Piedmont region northeast of Montgomery, where the climate is cooler than in the southern parts of Alabama.

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