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This U.S. Region Is Becoming the Next Napa Valley

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When you think about the top vineyards and wineries in the U.S., Napa Valley and Sonoma County likely come to mind. After all, California alone accounts for 85% of the national output of wine , with Washington, Oregon, and New York following as the next largest producers (domestically speaking, of course). However, there's another lesser-known wine region that was allegedly the "OG" capital of the U.S. wine industry. Before Napa Valley became the epicenter of American-made wine, the top producer was the Missouri River Valley. Now, the state of Missouri is making a comeback as the major wine producer of the Midwest. RELATED:  This Is the Country That Drinks the Most Wine, Data Says The Missouri River is the longest river in North America , and it stretches across the 100 miles connecting St. Louis and Jefferson City. Despite this region's inconsistent climate (think humid summers and frigid winters), there are other geographic elements that make the area suitable