Grown predominantly on the East Coast of the United States, this pink grape is a likely cross of the native American Vitis labrusca x Vitis
During the early to mid-19th century, it was the most widely planted grape variety in the country and was the grape behind Nicholas Longworth's Ohio sparkling wines that were distributed and acclaimed in Europe.
Catawba is a late-ripening variety, ripening often weeks after many other labrusca varieties and, like many vinifera varieties, it can be susceptible to fungal grape diseases such as powdery mildew.
Wine made from Catawba has fruity aromas with a slight “foxy” character produces enjoyable wines that can be made sweet or nearly dry. High acidity makes this a good wine for blending. A large component of RED ZEPPELIN.