The Catawba grape is a member of the vitis labrusca family, native to North America. Its siblings include Concord and Delaware grapes. They are found primarily in the northeastern United States and Canada. Catawba grapes are widely planted for their sweet, rich taste and are prized for juice, jams, and jellies. The fruit matures in large well-formed clusters that mature late in the season.
John Michael Meier, a Bavarian farmer, planted 600 acres of Catawba grapes on his homestead just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. But it was his son, John Conrad Meier, who discovered a method of bottling fresh grape juice and maintaining its delicate flavor. That success is now part of Meier's Wine Cellars, Ohio's oldest and largest winery.
Using grapes from Lake Erie's tiny Isle St. George just two miles from the Canadian border, Meier's Wine Cellars is perhaps most famous for its non-alcoholic juices, including this premium Catawba grape juice.
The first vines at North Carolina's Biltmore Estate were established in 1971. Today the 94-acre estate vineyard is the most visited winery in the United States. Located in a valley near the French Broad River, its varieties include Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. But Biltmore also bottles non-alcoholic products. It only seems fitting that this American castle, the nation's largest home, would choose Concord and Catawba native American grapes for its juices. Sip a little history with a goblet of Biltmore's still Catawba grape juice.
The Royal Kedem Winery, is located in New York's Hudson River Valley. It's Kedem brand dominates the kosher sparkling juice market. Owned and operated by the Herzog family who fled Nazi Germany, the word Kedem is Yiddish for "renew our days as before." Kedem's Sparkling White Catawba comes from New York grapes.
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The Royal Kedem Winery, located in New York's Hudson River Valley, dominates the kosher sparkling juice market. Its gourmet juices include single varietals like Merlot, Catawba and Concord as well as blends. Perhaps its most exotic blend to date is its understated "White" sparkling grape juice, a delightful blend of Chenin Blanc, Thompson, Elvira, Catawba, and Niagara grapes.
Iowa's first producer of non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice is Moon Valley Vineyards. Using Edelweiss, Catawba, and Niagara grapes to produce its "Celebration" blend, this 12-acre vineyard uses all its grapes in the production of non-alcoholic products. No sugar, water, or flavorings are used to produce the light, crisp flavor.
Nestled among the rolling hillsides of the Missouri River in a setting reminiscent of Germany's Rhine Valley, is the little town of Hermann, Missouri and the Stone Hill Winery. In addition to its wine selections, this historic winery produces non-alcoholic products as well. Its sparkling white juice is a delightful blend of Niagara and Catawba grapes. Let it linger on your tongue and you will discover a unique blessing from America's heartland!
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Tucked into Lancaster County, Pennsylvania's rural landscape is Mount Hope Estate and Winery. Established in 1980, it offers specialty blends of summer fruits and Catawba grapes. This healthful and delicious blend of pomegranate and blueberry may just be what the doctor ordered!
The beautiful rural country of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County is home to more than Amish buggies, a simple way of life so many of us have forgotten, and the joy of family, barn raising, and the old fashioned farm. It is also a great place to sip the perfect blend of Catawba grape juice, peach nectar, and passion fruit, thanks to Mount Hope Estate and Winery. This is the way life was intended to be!
Iowa and Catawba grapes are pretty much synonymous. In fact, John Michael Meier, a Bavarian farmer, planted 600 acres of Catawba grapes on his homestead just north of Cincinnati. But it was his son who developed the process of bottling the unfermented juice of those grapes. See if you can smell the hints of tropical fruit as you open the bottle!