Before it was crushed by the Dust Bowl and Prohibition, wine production was a large part of Oklahoma’s agricultural economy. The wine industry has managed to recover nicely, and today over fifty wineries call Oklahoma home. Oklahoma wines range from sweet to very dry, and the grapes grown there, including Chardonnay, Riesling, and Cabernet Sauvignon, are used to create some outstanding wines. There is one American Viticultural Area in Oklahoma, the Ozark Mountain AVA, and this appellation can be found reflected on the Oklahoma wines produced within this region. To learn more about the wineries and wines of Oklahoma, see below.
Nuyaka Creek Winery. This Oklahoma winery and its vineyards produce handcrafted grape and fruit wines from their own grapes, apples, pears, peaches and other fruits. Whether you are looking for Merlot or elderberry wine, this Oklahoma winery is one to try. They even offer Merlot vines for sale in case you want to start a little vineyard of your own! Be sure to try their Cabernet Sauvignon, a dry red wine with aromas of cherry and black currant, and flavors that include blackberry and vanilla. Also try their Chardonnay, a tart white wine with aromas of green apples and apricot, followed by flavors of lime and kiwi. If you are looking for fruit wine, try their Raspberry Mist, which is made from raspberries and Zinfandel grapes – fun! For more information on this Oklahoma winery and its wines, click here.
Territory Cellars. Located in Stroud, Oklahoma, this winery creates wines from its two thousand Ruby Cabernet, Muscat and Cabernet Sauvignon vines, as well as grapes from other Oklahoma vineyards. Territory Cellars’ goal is to establish Stroud as the winery and grape capitol of Oklahoma. Try their Blanc Gold, a crisp white Vidal Blanc that has aromas of lilac and herbs, and flavors that include melon and citrus. Also try their Boomer Sooner, a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that has aromas of black cherry and ginger, and flavors of oak and vanilla. For more information on this Oklahoma winery and its wines, click here.
Whispering Meadows Winery. Located in historic McAlester, this boutique winery creates some amazing wine varietals. They use French-American hybrid grapes grown in their own vineyard, as well as grapes from other Oklahoma vineyards, to create their wines. Be sure to sample their Forget Me Not, a crisp wine made from Pinot Grigio grapes. It has aromas of lemon and pear, and flavors of almond and cream. Also try their Dusk, a red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes that has aromas of cherry and violets, and flavors that include strawberries and raspberries. For more information on this Oklahoma winery and its wines, click here.