Nebraska Wine

Wine-Searcher editorial  ·  Last updated 09-Nov-2018
Vineyards and winery in Howard County on the edge of the Nebraska Hills
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Nebraska is a state in the very centre of the US, bordered by Colorado to the south-west and Iowa to the east. Viticulture is expanding in the state, which is better known for its agriculture and cattle industries, and as of 2010, around 20 wineries were scattered across Nebraska.

Hybrid grape varieties bred specifically to withstand extreme cold do best here. The state's best wines are made from the white varieties La Crosse, Seyval Blanc, and the red grapes De Chaunac, Marechal Foch and Chambourcin. The white variety Edelweiss is the most widely grown in the state, and the Brianna grape, developed in Minnesota is also important. The white wines can vary quite widely in terms of residual sugar levels.

The state covers just under 77,500 square miles (200,500 sq km) from the Missouri River in the east to the dry, sandy hills at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in the west. While wineries and vineyards can be found throughout Nebraska, wine production is concentrated in the south-eastern corner of the state between the cities of Omaha and Lincoln.

Nebraska's viticultural history is similar to that of much of the Midwest. Early European settlers brought wine-making traditions from their homelands, establishing a small but thriving wine industry in the mid- to late-1800s. The advent of Prohibition in 1920 saw vineyards ripped out in favor of more lucrative crops, and while the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution in 1933 saw the return of liquor to Nebraska, laws surrounding winemaking remained restrictive until the passing of the Nebraska Farm Wineries Act in 1986, which allowed growers more freedom to produce and sell wines.

The climate almost everywhere in the state is definitively continental; the nearest large body of water is the southern end of Lake Michigan, 425 miles (685 km) from the state's eastern border. Humidity is higher in the eastern part of the state, and western Nebraska is officially classified as semi-arid. The summers here are long and hot, in sharp contrast to the cold winters, when there is significant risk of vine damage during extended periods of sub-zero temperatures. The seasons also bring wide variations in precipitation, making it difficult to reliably cultivate vines better suited to more-moderate European climates.

Nebraska's growing wine industry is complemented by a viticultural research program at the University of Nebraska.

Nebraska Wines
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Product
 
Grape
Popularity
Critics' Score
Avg. Price
Wine Label of James Arthur Vineyards Edelweiss, Nebraska, USA
93,857th in popularity
$ 18
81 / 100
Wine Label of Cut Spike 2 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey, Nebraska, USA
101,527th in popularity
$ 39
Wine Label of James Arthur Vineyards Sweet Charlotte, Nebraska, USA
134,965th in popularity
$ 17
Wine Label of James Arthur Vineyards Amo Te, Nebraska, USA
143,406th in popularity
$ 15
Wine Label of James Arthur Vineyards Nebraska Red, Nebraska, USA
151,977th in popularity
$ 15
Wine Label of Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyards Ringneck Red, Nebraska, USA
151,977th in popularity
$ 18
Wine Label of Superior Estates Winery Tornado Alley Dryline White, Nebraska, USA
161,608th in popularity
$ 19
Wine Label of James Arthur Vineyards Edyn's Blush, Nebraska, USA
161,608th in popularity
$ 15
Wine Label of Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyards 'Poncu' Dessert Wine, Nebraska, USA
N/A
161,608th in popularity
$ 37
Wine Label of James Arthur Vineyards Two Brothers, Nebraska, USA
202,527th in popularity
$ 17
Wine Label of Schilling Bridge Winery Edelweiss, Nebraska, USA
202,527th in popularity
$ 17
Wine Label of Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyards La Crescent, Nebraska, USA
202,527th in popularity
$ 12
Wine Label of Cellar 426 Blue Jay Edelweiss, Nebraska, USA
222,207th in popularity
$ 17
Wine Label of Brickway Sherry Cask Aged Single Malt Whisky, Nebraska, USA
222,207th in popularity
$ 66
Wine Label of Nebraska Brewing 'Melage a Trois' Blonde Ale Beer, Nebraska, USA
222,207th in popularity
$ 15
Wine Label of Nebraska Brewing 'EOS' Hefeweizen Ale Beer, Nebraska, USA
222,207th in popularity
$ 0
Wine Label of Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyards 'Buffalo Wallow' White, Nebraska, USA
222,207th in popularity
$ 17
Wine Label of James Arthur Vineyards Voluptuous, Nebraska, USA
247,817th in popularity
$ 21
Wine Label of James Arthur Vineyards Saint Croix, Nebraska, USA
247,817th in popularity
$ 17
Wine Label of James Arthur Vineyards Horizon, Nebraska, USA
247,817th in popularity
$ 12
Wine Label of Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery Buzzard's Root Blush, Nebraska, USA
247,817th in popularity
$ 17
Wine Label of Schilling Bridge Winery Sweet Santa Fe, Nebraska, USA
247,817th in popularity
$ 17
Wine Label of Schilling Bridge Winery Silent Star, Nebraska, USA
247,817th in popularity
$ 17
Wine Label of Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery Pinky's, Nebraska, USA
247,817th in popularity
$ 18
Wine Label of Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery Edelweiss, Nebraska, USA
247,817th in popularity
$ 17
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