Riesling “made in USA”

In New York State, the Finger Lakes region, which has become the third largest wine growing area in the United States, is the champion of the Alsatian grape variety. Riesling is the grape variety of the Rhine basin par excellence. It has been mentioned in Alsace and southern Germany since 1435; the most audacious historians have attributed it to the argitis minor, a grape variety from Roman times. Installed on the edge of the Vosges or on the more or less steep slopes of the Moselle and the Rhine, it produces wines of great finesse on a beautiful fresh structure. Many consider it to be the world’s largest white wine variety.For a long time, it remained attached to its favourite terroirs. Alsatians are very careful on the subject: they want to keep it at home and avoid its proliferation in other French regions. Yet, against all odds, he found another favourite area south of Lake Ontario, in New York State. The Finger Lakes form a set of parallel lakes all in length like the fingers of a hand, although there are about ten of them. These long and deep bodies of water have on their edges very

Can you grow your own vines to make organic wine?

What wine lover has not dreamed of planting a few vines on his land to make his own wine? If these utopian-looking projects germinate at the end of the evening after tasting a few bottles, it is not impossible in the context of family consumption. Then it will be necessary to discover all the secrets and techniques of grape fermentation, without hiding the difficulties of winemaking and its solutions. The Regulation of Amateur Viniculture If you want to devote yourself to viticulture with family, friends, through an association, without marketing your production, but simply to the joy of sharing a project locally, a little in the sense of AMAP and locavorism, you still have to submit to the management declarations of your “vineyard” to customs. You are producing a wine without a geographical indication (VSIG) from your “family vine (and the like)”, an idea that disappeared between 1953 and January 2016 when the regulations were restored. Before planting your family vine with an area of no more than 10 ares (1000m²), you must submit to the following formalities: to get a siren/sirret number, submit the project motivating the vineyard, indicating the cadastral reference and the landowner, by