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America’s first wine industry … the heart of the largest wine region on the continent … NO!..not California, but Indiana - at least before the Civil War, vine diseases and, ultimately, Prohibition proved devastating to the state's vineyards. Many are surprised to find that the Hoosier State had established America’s first successful commercial wine venture as early as 1802. By the mid-1800s, Indiana vineyards along the Ohio River Valley were part of the largest wine industry in North America, a region known as The Rhineland of America. At its height Indiana ranked 10th in total U.S. grape production. But after faltering, it would take most of the 20th century before the industry was revived. Today, government financial support and active research assist the nearly 30 wineries in the state. There are now over 270 acres under vine, producing about 900,000 bottles of wine annually, with strong indications for continued growth. Indiana wineries are spread across the state, from the Lake Michigan shore to the southernmost reaches along the Ohio River, the heartland of the multi-state Ohio River Valley AVA.

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The AppellationAmerica database identifies 138 wines labeled with the Indiana designation.

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