The newest trend in winemaking is anything but new. In fact, it is nearly 200 years old.
Stephen Casscles, the author of “Grapes of the Hudson Valley” and a renowned grape grower and winemaker, said that new attention is being given to what are called heritage grapes from conventional growers and winemakers. The term “heritage” applies to grapes that were bred and developed in the United States and are at least 100 years old as their own varietal of grape. “Heritage is the academic title,” Casscles said, but others sometimes use the term “heirloom” to describe the grape, as the grapes were often given colloquial names or names of families from the area or origin and were often grown in a specific region by a small group of people.