The state with the capital Boston is one of the six states of the so designated New England on the Atlantic northeast coast of the USA, Here, according to the latest research, European seafarers entered the continent around 1000 AD. Thus, the "discovery" of America was thus already 500 years before Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), who only reached the island of Guanahani in 1492. It is certain that this was done on the site of today's city of Boston by the Icelander Leif Eriksson. He found in the woods numerous wild vines with huge grapes that hung from the trees - he called the area "Vinland" (which probably does not mean "wine country").
After a 66-day journey 102 puritan pilgrims arrived at the easternmost point of the US, the Cape Cod, on November 11, 1620, and founded the New Plymouth colony seven days later. They tried soon, out of the Wild vines Win wine. This was unsuccessful, because the varieties of the species growing here Vitis labrusca had the strong, unpleasant for Europeans Foxton, Near the city Concord selected the farmer Ephraim Wales Bull (1806-1895) in 1849 from wild grape seeds the famous red grape, which he named after the city. It is still one of the most successful American vines,
Today, two areas are considered AVA Classified, these are Martha's Vineyard (this largest New England island has nothing to do with the eponymous famous vineyard in the Napa Valley California and Southeastern New England (the second area is shared with the two states) Connecticut and Rhode Island ). Most of the vineyards are located in the outskirts of Worcester and also on some offshore islands in the Massachusetts Bay. There are very often winter frosts, only on the coast is the climate temperate. Famous for its mild climate, the peninsula of Cape Cod is a holiday destination for the rich (for example the Kennedys).
Traditionally, there are still many here hybrids spread by the American viticulture pioneer Philip wagner (1904-1996) were made popular from the early 1940s. Increasingly, European varieties are being cultivated. As in all New England states, a lot will happen fruit wine produced from berries, pears and apples. The most important of the nearly 20 wineries are Broad Hill Vineyards (Holliston), Cape Code Winery, Chicama Vineyards (West Tisbury on the above mentioned island), Mellea Farm Vineyards (Dudley), Nashboba Valley Winery - where beer is also brewed (Bolton), Afina Winery (Ashburnham) and Vineyard Hill Winery (Westminster).