Wine has been produced in the United States since the 1500s, with the first widespread production beginning in New Mexico in 1628.
Today, wine production is undertaken in all fifty states but 84% of all US wine is produced in California, over 90% in the states of California, Washington, and Oregon.
The United States is the fourth-largest wine producing country in the world.
The North American continent is home to several native species of grape, including Vitis labrusca, Vitis riparia, Vitis rotundifolia, and Vitis vulpina, but the wine-making industry is based almost entirely on the cultivation of the European Vitis vinifera, which was introduced by European settlers.
Inglenook is a historical property in Rutherford, of California’s Napa Valley. It was established as a vineyard in 1871 and has been owned by filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola since 1975. Today, it makes a premium range of wines from classic Napa varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel.
The flagship Rubicon wine, a Bordeaux Blend, had its first harvest in 1978 and was released in 1985. In 1995, Coppola purchased the rest of the Inglenook estate, and finally in 2011, acquired the rights to the name Inglenook. Since then, the wines have been produced under this name.