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New England

Term for the six northeastern states of the USA on or near the Atlantic coast, which were settled especially by the English, Scots and Irish. These are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Viticulture is quite similar in terms of climate and the grape varieties grown. The two AVAs Southeastern New England and Western Connecticut Highlands partly share these states. There are frequent winter frosts, only on the coast the climate is more moderate due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean. Hybrids (mainly white varieties) are cultivated on a larger scale, which became popular along the entire east coast of North America from the 1950s onwards through the efforts of the American viticulture pioneer Philip Wagner (1904-1996). The European varieties are dominated by Chardonnay. Fruit wine as well as mead is produced from various berry fruits and apples.

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