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Class 8: Discovering the New World

early plantings in the u.s.
The Eastern states were home to the first vineyards in the United States, with the earliest recorded plantings in Virginia during the early 17th century.

One of Virginia's most famous vineyards was originally planted in 1773 by Thomas Jefferson near his home in Monticello. At the time, most of the vitis vinifera planted on the east coast was weakened or killed by local pests and diseases, for which there were no antidotes.

Today, wine grapes thrive along the East Coast from Georgia to Massachusetts.



Historic Plantings

Vinifera planted in New York during the 1600s met a similar demise. It wasn't until the early 1800s that disease-resistant American labrusca species were planted in the Hudson River Valley.


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