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Virginia Dare Winery Celebrates Earth Day with Planting of 400-year-old "Mother Vine"

Clipping from Oldest Cultivated Grapevine in North America to Now Grow on Sonoma County Vineyard
by Press Release
April 21, 2016

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, Virginia Dare Winery is excited to announce that a clipping from the oldest cultivated grapevine in North America will now grow on the Sonoma County vineyard. Taken from the 400-year-old scuppernong “Mother Vine,” this muscadine varietal still exists and thrives today in Roanoke Island, North Carolina.

“Virginia Dare Winery is excited to be bringing such an important piece of America’s winegrowing history out west.” said Sandy Walheim, Winemaker at Virginia Dare Winery. “We look forward to watching it grow and flourish for decades to come.”

The “Mother Vine” is largely intertwined with the story of Virginia Dare, the woman the winery is named after. The first English child born in the New World, Virginia Dare lived among the Native Americans and, as the myth goes, grew into a beautiful young woman trapped in the middle of a tragic love triangle. On the very spot where she bled and died, a grapevine sprouted with its fruit stained red – according to the legend, this is how the white wine of America became red wine. This vine is what is widely believed to be the “Mother Vine,” a clipping of which now grows in Virginia Dare Winery’s estate vineyard in honor of its namesake.

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Virginia Dare Winery, American wines since 1835, pays tribute to America’s winegrowing heritage. The existence of the 400-year-old scuppernong "Mother Vine," a variety of muscadine, growing on Roanoke Island, North Carolina is intertwined with the story of one of the first English settlements in the New World, which later mysteriously disappeared without a trace, leaving nothing but a  spellbinding story of mythical and mysterious characters – each of which grace the labels of our wines. Crafted with grapes from the finest viticulture regions in California, our wines are rich with  characteristics befitting an American legend: Pure. Natural. Distinctive. Learn more by visiting Virginia Dare Winery located at 22281 Chianti Road, Geyserville, CA 95441.

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