Strawberry Wine (Deana Carter song)

"Strawberry Wine" is a British song written by Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, and recorded by American country music artist Deana Carter. It was released in August 1996 as Carter's debut single and the first from her debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?. The song also became Carter's first number 1 hit on both the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks.

"Strawberry Wine"
Single by Deana Carter
from the album Did I Shave My Legs for This?
B-side"Before We Ever Heard Goodbye"
ReleasedAugust 5, 1996
FormatCassingle, CD single
LabelCapitol Nashville
Producer(s)Chris Farren
Deana Carter singles chronology
"Strawberry Wine"
"We Danced Anyway"
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"Strawberry Wine" is Carter's most successful single overall, and is considered a signature song both for her and for songwriter Matraca Berg.[1][2]


"Strawberry Wine" is a ballad, backed primarily with steel guitar and percussion. The narrator describes a time in her youth when she lost her innocence, and compares her love to the sweetness of "strawberry wine". As she grows older, she returns to this place, to find that everything has changed. Carter originally performed this song in the key of D-flat major with a vocal range of A3-D5. It has a 6/8 time signature and the main chord pattern is D-G-D-A-D.[3]

The song tells the story of co-writer Berg's own coming of age as a teenager outside of Luck, Wisconsin, she recalled: "We used to go to my grandparents' dairy farm in the summer. My aunt, who's six months younger than me, and I would try to score some wine. And I met this boy..."[4] Berg shopped the song to record labels around Nashville, but they passed, considering it overly long, controversial due to its reference to a teenage girl losing her virginity, and not memorable enough. Deana Carter heard Berg perform the song at a showcase and then recorded it for her debut album, Did I Shave My Legs for This?.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

"Strawberry Wine" won Song of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards in 1997 and was voted Song of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International and the Nashville Music Awards. That year, the song was also nominated for three additional awards; Grammy Award for Best Country Song, Academy of Country Music Awards Best Country Song nominee, and Country Music Radio Awards for Song of The Year.

Commercial performanceEdit

"Strawberry Wine" debuted at number 70 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the chart week of August 17, 1996.[6] The song reached Number One on the chart in November 1996, holding the position for two weeks. The song has sold 870,000 digital copies in the US as of October 2015.[7]

Music videoEdit

A music video was released for "Strawberry Wine", directed by Roger Pistole. Carter sings the song while standing in the entry way to a house, on a living room couch, and behind a screen door. Accompanying these scenes are a young couple in love. The couple are seen on an old dirt road in the countryside, in front of a house, and in a car driving down a road. Scenes of other people are included as well, including an elderly man by a rocking chair and a woman standing in what was once farmland.


Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 65
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[11] 35


  1. ^ Country Standard Time: Songwriters hall inducts John Hiatt, Matraca Berg, Tom Shapiro
  2. ^ Country Weekly
  3. ^ "'Strawberry Wine' sheet music". Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ Woliver, Robbie (January 28, 1997). "Strawberry wine, women, and song: Matraca Berg's formula for success...". Country Weekly. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  5. ^ Hoekstra, Dave (September 14, 1997). "`Wine' and notices // Matraca Berg gets a boost". Chicago Sun-Times, pg. 11. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  6. ^ Billboard - Hot Country Songs - Strawberry Wine - Aug 24 1996
  7. ^ Matt Bjorke (October 19, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Singles: October 19, 2015".
  8. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9926." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 25, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  9. ^ "Deana Carter Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Deana Carter Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.

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