Lesson of the Day #7 - Wine in Vermont


Wine in Vermont

Viticulture is the branch of horticulture that concentrates on the growing and harvesting of grapes. The first commercial winery to open in Vermont was the Snow Farm Winery, which opened in 1997 in South Hero. The climate is similar to Burgundy France. Today there are 20 (or 24 if you count wineries and their multiple locations) in Vermont. Most wine grapes in the state are cold hearty French hybrids.

Trivia Question - What country has the earliest evidence of a drink made from fermented grapes (a.k.a. wine)?

Answer - China (c. 7000 BC), followed by Georgia (6000 BC), Iran (5000 BC) and Sicily (4000 BC). The oldest winery ever discovered is in the “Areni-1” cave in Vayots Dzor, Armenia, estimated to be 6100 years old. 

Michael Breyette