The current wine industry in Nevada is in its infancy. The state can be divided into two regions the northern and the southern. The high altitude northern region has success growing white grapes including Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. The southern part of the state is desert and red grapes such as Barbera, Syrah and Zinfandel do well. Growers will continue to experiment with different grape varieties and acerage will continue to increase. Water is a challenge in parts of the state. Grapes require only ten percent of the water requirements as does alfafa, the leading cash crop in the state. Irrigation in the south can help grapes survive and flourish.
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