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Understanding Wine Labels (Supplement A)
American Viticultural Areas (in alphabetical order; or by geographic order)
Federal Regulations define the boundaries and characteristics of each area. Legally, a producer must source a minimum of 85% of the grapes from that particular AVA in order to print the name on its label.
(Other info about Understanding Wine Labels).

Listed below in alphabetical order are 211 separate American Viticultural Areas approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) as of November, 2014, as well as some that are proposed and pending. Listings may be linked to associations, organizations, or marketing groups which represent that particular AVA or political region.

Besides the AVA Name, there may also be Related Info. Every listing includes States and Counties where the AVA is located, Date first approved by the TTB, the "nesting" arrangements of any AVAs that lie within the boundaries ({Contains}) of the listed AVA or those that enclose it (\ Within), the Acreage Planted (if known) and Total Acres bounded by the AVA.

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AVA Name States / Counties Date {Contains} \ Within \ Acreage
Planted / Total
/ related info * overlaps or partly includes | ‡ indicates a multi-state AVA NOTE 1
Adelaida District CA / San Luis Obispo Oct, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 53,100
Alexander Valley CA / Sonoma June, 1988 {Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak*, Russian River Valley*} \ Northern Sonoma \ North Coast 12, 412 / 76,918
Alexandria Lakes MN / Douglas Aug, 2005 {—} \ (unk.) / 10,880
Alta Mesa CA / Sacramento July, 2006 {—} \ Lodi (unk.) / 55,787
Altus AR / Franklin June, 1984 —} \ Arkansas Mountain \
Ozark Mountain ‡
(unk.) / 12,800
Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley WA / Douglas, Grant, Kittitas Nov, 2012 {—} \ Columbia Valley ‡ 1,400 / 169,378
Anderson Valley CA / Mendocino Sep, 1983 {Mendocino Ridge} \ 472 / 56,155
Antelope Valley of the California High Desert CA / Kern, Los Angeles May, 2011 {—} \ (unk.) / 443,249
Applegate Valley OR / Jackson, Josephine Dec, 2001 {—} \ Rogue Valley \
Southern Oregon
608 / 276,615
Arkansas Mountain AR / Conway, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Newton, Pope, Sebastien, Van Beuren, Yell Oct, 1986 {Altus} \ Ozark Mountain ‡ (unk.) / 2,880,000
Arroyo Grande Valley CA / San Luis Obispo Feb, 1990 {—} \ Central Coast 1,228 / 38,916
Arroyo Seco CA / Monterey May, 1983 {—} \ Monterey \ Central Coast 9,336 / 32,779
Atlas Peak CA / Napa Feb, 1992 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 856 / 12,267
Augusta /  (First AVA approved) MO / St. Charles June, 1980 {—} \ Ozark Mountain ‡ (unk.) / 9,600
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Ballard Canyon CA / Santa Barbara Oct, 2013 {—} \ Santa Ynez Valley \
Central Coast
296 / 7,790
Bell Mountain TX / Gillespie Nov, 1986 {—} \ Texas Hill Country (unk.) / 3,200
Ben Lomond Mountain CA / Santa Cruz Jan, 1988 {—} \ Santa Cruz Mountains 56 / 38,400
Benmore Valley CA / Lake Nov, 1991 {—} \ North Coast (unk.) / 1,440
Bennett Valley CA / Sonoma Dec, 2003 {—} \ Sonoma Valley \ Sonoma Mountain \ Sonoma Coast \ North Coast 614 / 8,140
Big Valley District CA / Lake Oct, 2013 {—} \ Clear Lake \ North Coast 212 / 11,292
Borden Ranch CA / Sacramento, San Joaquin July, 2006 {—} \ Lodi (unk.) / 70,020
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California Shenandoah Valley CA / Amador, El Dorado Feb, 1987 {—} \ Sierra Foothills 115 / 13,652
Calistoga CA / Napa Jan, 2010 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 518 / 12,713
Capay Valley CA / Yolo Apr, 2003 {—} \ (unk.) / 102,400
Carmel Valley CA / Monterey Jan, 1983 {—} \ Central Coast 319 / 17,831
Catoctin MD / Frederick, Washington Feb, 1987 {—} \ (unk.) / 170,000
Cayuga Lake NY / Cayuga, Seneca, Thompson Apr, 1986 {—} \ Finger Lakes (unk.) / 460
Central Coast CA / Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz Nov, 1985 {Adelaida District, Arroyo Grande, Arroyo Seco, Ballard Canyon, Carmel Valley, Chalone, Cienega Valley, Creston District, Edna Valley, El Pomar Dstrict, Hames Valley, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Lime Kiln Valley, Livermore Valley, Monterey, Mt. Harlan, Pacheco Pass, Paicines, Paso Robles, Paso Robles Estrella District, Paso Robles Geneseo District, Paso Robles Highlands District, Paso Robles Willow Creek District, San Antonio Valley, San Benito, San Bernabe, San Francisco Bay, San Juan Creek, San Lucas, San Miguel District, San Ysidro District, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Margarita Ranch, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, Templeton Gap District, York Mountain — Santa Cruz Mountains specifically excluded} \ 99,426 / 6,255,838
Central Delaware Valley NJ, PA / Feb, 1987 {—} \ (unk.) / 96,000
Chalk Hill CA / Sonoma June, 1988 {—} \ Russian River Valley* \ Northern Sonoma \ Sonoma Coast* \ North Ctast 1,583 / 22,921
Chalone CA / Monterey, San Benito July, 1982 {—} \ Central Coast 517 / 8,671
Chehalem Mountains OR / Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill Jan, 2007 {Ribbon Ridge} \ Willamette Valley 2,447 / 62,190
Chiles Valley CA / Napa Apr, 1999 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 74 / 5,221
Cienega Valley CA / San Benito Sept, 1982 {Lime Kiln Valley} \ San Benito \ Central Coast 738 / 7,080
Clarksburg CA / Yolo Feb, 1984 {Merritt Island} \ 290 / 68,801
Clear Lake CA / Lake June, 1984 {Big Valley District– Lake County, High Valley, Kelsey Bench–Lake County, Red Hills Lake County} \ North Coast 5,782 / 217,328
Clements Hills CA / San Joaquin July, 2006 {—} \ Lodi (unk.) / 82,540
Cole Ranch /  (smallest AVA) CA / Mendocino May, 1983 {—} \ Mendocino \ North Coast (unk.) / 189
Columbia Gorge OR, WA / May, 2004 {—} \ 166 / 179,200
Columbia Valley OR, WA / Feb, 1987 {Horse Heaven Hills (WA), Rattlesnake Hills (WA), Red Mountain (WA), Snipes Mountain (WA), Walla Walla Valley ‡, Yakima Valley (WA)} \ 2,142 / 11,301,000
Coombsville CA / Napa Dec, 2011 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 1,360 / 11,075
Cosumnes River CA / Sacramento July, 2006 {—} \ Lodi (unk.) / 54,700
Covelo CA / Mendocino Feb, 2006 {—} \ 2 / 39,033
Creston Cistrict CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 47,000
Cucamonga Valley CA / Riverside, San Bernadino May, 1995 {—} \ (unk.) / 136,600
Cumberland Valley MD, PA / Aug, 1985 {—} \ (unk.) / 765,000
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Diablo Grande CA / Stanislaus Aug, 1998 {—} \ (unk.) / 34,952
Diamond Mountain CA / Napa July, 2001 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 47 / 4,953
Dos Rios CA / Mendocino Nov, 2005 {—} \ (unk.) / 16,091
Dry Creek Valley CA / Sonoma Sept, 1983 {—} \ Northern Sonoma \
North Coast
5,038 / 78,387
Dundee Hills OR / Yamhill Jan, 2005 {—} \ Willamette Valley 2,471 /  12,605
Dunnigan Hills CA / Yolo June, 1993 {—} \ 91 / 69,354
Eagle Peak CA / Mendocino Oct, 2014 {—} \ North Coast (unk.) / 21,000
Edna Valley CA / San Luis Obispo June, 1987 {—} \ Central Coast 2,923 / 28,858
El Dorado CA / El Dorado Nov, 1983 {—} \ Sierra Foothills 396 / 410,115
El Pomar District CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 21,300
Elkton Oregon OR / Douglas   {—} \ Umpqua Valley \ Southern Oregon 280 / 73,606
Eola-Amity Hills OR / Polk, Yamhill July, 2006 {—} \ Willamette Valley 2,567 / 39,045
Escondido Valley TX / Pecos June, 1992 {—} \   (unk.) / 32,000
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Fair Play CA / El Dorado Apr, 2001 {—} \ El Dorado \ Sierra Foothills 108 / 23,200
Fennville MI / Allegan Oct, 1981 {—} \ Lake Michigan Shore   (unk.) / 75,000
Fiddletown CA / Amador Nov, 1983 {—} \ Sierra Foothills 7 / 12,069
Finger Lakes NY / Schuyler Feb, 1987 {—} \   (unk.) / 8,400
Fort Ross-Seaview CA / Sonoma Dec, 2011 {—} \ Sonoma Coast \ North Coast 503 / 32,035
Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country TX / Gillespie Jan, 1989 {—} \ Texas Hill Country   (unk.) / 70,400
Grand Valley CO / Mesa Dec, 2001 {—} \ 562 / 76,000
Grand River Valley OH / Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake Nov, 1983 {—} \ Lake Erie ‡   (unk.) / 125,000
Green Valley of Russian River Valley CA / Sonoma Apr, 2007 {—} \ Russian River Valley \ Northern Sonoma \ Sonoma Coast \ North Coast 1,857 / 19,010
Guenoc Valley CA / Lake Dec, 1981 {—} \ North Coast 195 / 4,757
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Hames Valley CA / Monterey Apr, 1994 {—} \ Monterey \ Central Coast 3,051 / 12,297
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara CA / Santa Barbara Oct, 2009 {—} \ Santa Ynez Valley \
Central Coast
366 / 24,900
Haw River Valley NC / Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Orange, Rockingham Mar, 2009 {—} \   (unk.) / 555,508
Hermann MO / Gasconade, Franklin Feb, 1987 {—} \ Ozark Mountain ‡   (unk.) / 51,200
High Valley CA / Lake Aug, 2005 {—} \ Clear Lake \ North Coast   (unk.) / 15,600
Howell Mountain CA / Napa Jan, 1984 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 104 / 13.065
Horse Heaven Hills WA / Benton, Klickitat, Yakima Aug, 2005 {—} \ Columbia Valley ‡   (unk.) / 570,000
Hudson River Region NY / Columbia, Duchess, Putnam July, 1982 {—} \ (unk.) / 224,000
Indiana Uplands IN / Bartholomew, Brown, Crawford, Davies, Dubois, Floyd, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Lawrence Mar, 2013 {—} \   (unk.) / 3,072,000
Inwood Valley CA / Shasta Oct, 2012 {—} \ 63 / 28,441
Isle St. George OH / Ottawa Sept, 1982 {—} \ Lake Erie ‡   (unk.) / 640
Jahant CA / Sacramento, San Joaquin July, 2006 {—} \ Lodi   (unk.) / 28,030
Kanawha River Valley WV / Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Mason, Putnam May, 1986 {—} \ Ohio River Valley ‡   (unk.) / 64,000
Kelsey Bench Lake County CA / Lake Oct, 2013 {—} \ Clear Lake \ North Coast 94 / 9,140
Knights Valley CA / Sonoma Nov, 1983 {—} \ Northern Sonoma \ North Coast 1,678 / 37,128
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Lake Chelan WA / Chelan Apr, 2009 {—} \ Columbia Valley ‡   (unk.) /  24,040
Lake Erie NY, OH, PA / Nov, 1983 {—} \ (unk.) / 2,236,800
Lake Michigan Shore MI / Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren Nov, 1983 {—} \   (unk.) / 1,280,000
Lake Wisconsin WI / Columbia, Dane Feb, 1994 {—} \ Upper Mississippi River Valley ‡   (unk.) / 28,000
Lancaster Valley PA / Chester, Lancaster June, 1982 {—} \   (unk.) / 225,000
Leelanau Peninsula MI / Leelanau Apr, 1982 {—} \   (unk.) / 211,200
Lehigh Valley PA / Berks, Carcon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Schuykill Apr, 2008 {—} \   (unk.) /  1,208,320
Leona Valley CA / Los Angeles Oct, 2008 {—} \   (unk.) / 8,800
Lime Kiln Valley CA / San Benito July, 1982 {—} \ Cienega Valley \
Central Coast
  (unk.) / 2,297
Linganore MD / Carroll, Frederick Sept, 1983 {—} \   (unk.) / 57,600
Livermore Valley CA / Alameda, Contra Costa Oct, 1982 {—} \ San Francisco Bay \
Central Coast
2,500 / 237,000
Lodi CA / Sacramento, San Joaquin Mar, 1986 {Alta Mesa, Borden Ranch, Clements Hills, Cosumnes River, Jahant, Mokelumne River, Sloughhouse} \   113,840 / 644,500
Los Carneros CA / Napa, Sonoma Sept, 1987 {—} \ Napa Valley \ Sonoma Valley \ Sonoma Coast \ North Coast 5,696 / 37,161
Long Island NY / Nassau, Suffolk July, 2001 {—} \   (unk.) / 749,146
Loramie Creek OH / Shelby Dec, 1982 {—} \   (unk.) / 3,600
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Madera CA / Fresno, Madera Jan, 1985 {—} \   (unk.) / 457,591
Malibu Coast CA / Los Angeles, Ventura Aug, 2014 {—} \   (unk.) /  44,590
Malibu-Newton Canyon CA / Los Angeles June, 1996 {—} \ Malibu Coast 19 / 957
Manton Valley CA / Shasta, Tehama Aug, 2014 {—} \   (unk.) / 9,800
Martha's Vineyard MA / Dukes Feb, 1985 {—} \ Southeastern New England ‡   (unk.) / 64,000
McDowell Valley CA / Mendocino Feb, 1987 {—} \ Mendocino \ North Coast 224 / 2,225
McMinnville OR / Yamhill Mar, 2005 {—} \ Willamette 1,328 / 40,450
Mendocino CA / Mendocino July, 1984 {—} \ North Coast 2,355 / 339,543
Mendocino Ridge CA / Mendocino Dec, 1997 {—} \ Mendocino \ North Coast 233 / 84,466
Merritt Island CA / Yolo Feb, 1987 {—} \ Clarksburg 85 / 5,264
Mesilla Valley NM, TX / Mar, 1985 {—} \ (unk.) / 284,800
Middle Rio Grande Valley NM / Bernalillo, Sandoval, Socorro, Valencia Mar, 1988 {—} \   (unk.) / 278,400
Middleburg VA / Fauquier, Loudoun Sept, 2012 {—} \   (unk.) / 121,600
Mimbres Valley NM / Grant, Luna Dec, 1985 {—} \   (unk.) / 636,800
Mississippi Delta LA, MS, TN / Oct, 1984 {—} \ (unk.) / 3,840,000
Mokelumne River CA / San Joaquin July, 2006 {—} \ Lodi 26 / 82,000
Monterey CA / Monterey July, 1984 {Arroyo Seco, Hames Valley, San Bernabe, San Lucas, Santa Lucia Highlands} \ Central Coast 50,480 / 597,624
Monticello VA / Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, Orange Feb, 1984 {—} \   (unk.) / 200,000
Moon Mountain CA / Sonoma Oct, 2013 {—} \ North Coast 1,364 / 17,633
Mount Harlan CA / San Benito Dec, 1990 {—} \ Central Coast 25 / 7,778
Mt. Veeder CA / Napa Mar, 1990 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 162 / 26,431
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Naches Heights WA / Yakima Jan, 2012 {—} \ Columbia Valley ‡   (unk.) / 13,254
Napa Valley CA / Napa Jan, 1981 {Atlas Peak, Calistoga, Chiles Valley, Coombsville, Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain, Los Carneros, Mt. Veeder, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, Oakville, Rutherford, Spring Mountain District, St. Helena, Stags Leap District, Wild Horse Valley, Yountville} \ North Coast 10,258 / 401,960
Niagara Escarpment NY / Niagra Oct, 2005 {—} \   (unk.) / 18,000
North Coast CA / Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma Oct, 1983 {Alexander Valley , Anderson Valley , Atlas Peak, Benmore Valley, Bennett Valley, Big Valley District – Lake County, Calistoga, Chalk Hill, Chiles Valley, Clear Lake, Cole Ranch, Coombsville, Diamond Mountain District, Dry Creek Valley, Eagle Peak Mendocino County} \ 68,116 / 3,250,108
North Fork of Long Island NY / Suffolk Nov, 1986 {—} \ Long Island   (unk.) / 101,440
North Fork of Roanoke VA / Montgomery, Roanoke Feb, 1987 {—} \   (unk.) / 14,000
North Yuba CA / Yuba Aug, 1985 {—} \ Sierra Foothills (unk.) / 21,994
Northern Neck
George Washington Birthplace
VA / King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland May, 1987 {—} \   (unk.) / 590,080
Northern Sonoma CA / Sonoma Sept, 1986 {Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Knights Valley, Pine Mountain — Cloverdale Peak, Rockpile, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast} \ North Coast 33,030 / 349,837
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley CA / Napa Apr, 2004 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 406 / 9,864
Oakville CA / Napa Aug, 1983 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 1,707 / 6,768
Ohio River Valley /  after 2015, Indiana Wineries must use "Indiana Uplands" in place of "Ohio River Valley" on their labels IN, KY, OH, WV mo, year {Kanawha River Valley} \ (unk.) / 2,236,800
Old Mission Peninsula MI / Grand Traverse July, 1987 {—} \   (unk.) / 19,200
Outer Coastal Plain NJ / Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem Apr, 2007 {—} \   (unk.) / 2,250,000
Ozark Highlands MO / Crawford, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds Sept, 1984 {—} \ Ozark Mountain ‡   (unk.) / 1,280,000
Ozark Mountain AR, OK, MO / Aug, 1986 {Altus (AR), Arkansas Mountain (AR), Augusta (MO), Hermann (MO), Ozark Highlands (MO)} \ (unk.) / 3.520.000
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Pacheco Pass CA / San Benito Apr, 1984 {—} \ San Francisco Bay \ Central Coast 13 / 2,712
Paicines CA / San Benito Sept, 1982 {—} \ San Benito \ Central Coast 2,829 / 18,881
Paso Robles CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 1983 {Adelaida District, Creston District, El Pomar District, Paso Robles Estrella District, Paso Robles Geneseo District, Paso Robles Highlands District, Paso Robles Willow Creek District, San Juan Creek, San Miguel District, Santa Margarita Ranch, Templeton Gap District} \ Central Coast 27,917 / 612,000
Paso Robles Estrella District CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 66,800
Paso Robles Geneseo District CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 17,300
Paso Robles Highlands District CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 60,300
Paso Robles Willow Creek District CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 21,300
Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak CA / Mendocino, Sonoma Nov, 2011 {Alexander Valley} \ Northern Sonoma \ North Coast 328 / 4,600
Potter Valley CA / Mendocino Nov, 1983 {—} \ Mendocino \ North Coast 87 / 28,864
Puget Sound WA / Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Whatcom Oct, 1995 {—} \ (unk.) / 5,536,000
Ramona Valley CA / San Diego Jan, 2006 {—} \ South Coast 2 / 89,100
Rattlesnake Hills WA / Yakima Mar, 2006 {—} \ Yakima Valley \ Columbia Valley ‡ (unk.) / 68,500
Red Hills-California CA / Lake Aug, 2004 {—} \ Clear Lake \ North Coast 5,384 / 32,250
Red Hill Douglas County OR / Douglas Oct, 2005 {—} \ Umpqua Valley \ Southern Oregon (unk.) / 5,500
Red Mountain WA / Benton June, 2001 {—} \ Yakima Valley \ Columbia Valley ‡ (unk.) / 4,040
Redwood Valley CA / Mendocino Feb, 1997 {—} \ Mendocino \ North Coast 23 / 32,046
Ribbon Ridge OR / Yamhill July, 2005 {—} \ Willamette Valley \ Chehalem Mountains 696 / 3,496
River Junction CA / San Joaquin July, 2001 {—} \ (unk.) / 1,300
Rockpile CA / Sonoma Apr, 2002 {Dry Creek Valley} \ Northern Sonoma, North Coast 112 / 15,400
"new". Rocks District OR / Umatilla proposed {—} \ Walla Walla 250 / 3,770
Rocky Knob VA / Floyd, Patrick Feb, 1997 {—} \ (unk.) / 9,000
Rogue Valley OR / Jackson, Josephine Feb, 1991 {Applegate Valley} \ Southern Oregon 2,104 / 1,140,000
Russian River Valley / originally approved at 96,400 acres, RRV was twice expanded (2005 & 2011) CA / Sonoma Nov, 1983 {Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill, Green Valley of Russian River Valley} \ Northern Sonoma, Sonoma Coast, North Coast 16,265 / 169,029
Rutherford CA / Napa Aug, 1983 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 1,428 / 7,457
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Saddle Rock-Malibu CA / Los Angeles July, 2006 {—} \ Malibu Coast 80 / 2,180
Salado Creek CA / Stanislaus Aug, 2004 {—} \ (unk.) / 3,039
San Antonio Valley CA / Monterey June, 2006 {—} \ Central Coast 735 / 150,400
San Benito CA / San Benito Nov, 1987 {Cienega Valley, Lime Kiln Valley, Paicines} \ Central Coast 3,567 / 47,433
San Bernabe CA / Monterey Aug, 2004 {—} \ Monterey \ Central Coast 3,311 / 24,000
San Francisco Bay CA / Alameda, Contra Costa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano Mar, 1999 {Livermore Valley, Pacheco Pass, San Ysidro District, Santa Clara Valley - Santa Cruz Mountains specifically excluded} \ Central Coast 3,944 / 1,450,000
San Juan Creek CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 26,600
San Lucas CA / Monterey Mar, 1987 {—} \ Monterey \ Central Coast 9,267 / 34,000
San Miguel District CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 30,800
San Pasquale Valley CA / San Diego Sept, 1981 {—} \ South Coast (unk.) / 9,205
San Ysidro District CA / Santa Clara Dec, 1990 {—} \ Santa Clara Valley \ San Francisco Bay \ Central Coast 486 / 2,539
Santa Clara Valley CA / Alameda, San Benito, Santa Clara Apr, 1989 {San Ysidro District} \ San Francisco Bay \ Central Coast 1,393 / 317,342
Santa Cruz Mountains CA / San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz Jan, 1982 {Ben Lomond Mountain} \ ***Specifically excluded from the San Francisco Bay and Central Coast AVAs*** 695 / 408,500
Santa Lucia Highlands CA / Monterey June, 1992 {—} \ Monterey, Central Coast 6,304 / 20,800
Santa Margarita Ranch CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 18,300
Santa Maria Valley CA / San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Sept, 1981 {—} \ Central Coast 2,927 / 94,900
Santa Ynez Valley CA / Santa Barbara May, 1983 {Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Sta. Rita Hills} \ Central Coast 3,935 / 181,603
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Seiad Valley CA / Siskiyou June, 1994 {—} \ (unk.) / 2,248
Seneca Lake NY / Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Yates Sept, 2003 {Finger Lakes} \ (unk.) / 204,600
Shawnee Hills IL / Alexander, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Union, Williamson Dec, 2006 {—} \ (unk.) / 1,368,960
Shenandoah Valley VA, WV Feb, 1987 {—} \ (unk.) / 2,400,000
Sierra Foothills CA / Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Tuolumne, Yuba Dec, 1987 {California Shenandoah Valley, El Dorado, Fair Play, Fiddletown, North Yuba} \ 877 / 2,654,179
Sierra Pelona Valley CA / Los Angeles July, 2010 {—} \ (unk.) / 8,741
Sloughhouse CA / Sacramento July, 2006 {—} \ Lodi (unk.) / 74,700
Snake River Valley ID, OR / Mar, 2006 {—} \ 1188 / 5,270,000
Snipes Mountain WA / Yakima Jan, 2009 {—} \ Yakima Valley \ Columbia Valley ‡ (unk.) / 4,140
Solano County Green Valley CA / Solano Jan, 1983 {—} \ North Coast 16 / 17,009
Sonoita / at 4,500-5,000 ft elevation, vineyards here are among highest planted in North America AZ / Santa Cruz Nov, 1984 {—} \ (unk.) / 208,000
Sonoma Coast CA / Sonoma July, 1987 {Bennett Valley, Chalk Hill, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Los Carneros, Northern Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley} \ North Coast 25,465 / 516,409
Sonoma Mountain CA / Sonoma Feb, 1985 {Bennett Valley} \ Sonoma Valley \ North Coast 519 / 5,757
Sonoma Valley CA / Sonoma Jan, 1982 {Bennett Valley, Los Carneros, Moon Mountain District Sonoma County, Sonoma Mountain} \ Sonoma Valley \ North Coast 9,975 / 115,200
South Coast CA / Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Diego Dec, 1985 {Ramona Valley, San Pasquale Valley, Temecula Valley} \ (unk.) / 2,200,000
Southern Oregon OR / Douglas, Jackson, Josephine Dec, 2004 {Applegate Valley, Elkton Oregon, Red Hill Douglas County Oregon, Rogue Valley, Umpqua Valley} \ 3,409 / 1,998,000
Southeastern New England CT, RI, MA / Apr, 1984 {Martha's Vineyard (MA)} \ (unk.) / 1,875,200
Spring Mountain District CA / Napa June, 1993 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 231 / 8,467
St. Helena CA / Napa Oct, 1995 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 410 / 9,257
3Sta. Rita Hills CA / Santa Barbara May, 2001 {—} \ Santa Ynez Valley \ Central Coast 1,783 / 32,800
Stags Leap District CA / Napa Feb, 1989 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 1,653 / 3,060
Suisun Valley CA / Solano Dec, 1982 {—} \ North Coast (unk.) / 19,131
Swan Creek NC / Iredell, Wilkes, Yadkin Apr, 2008 {—} \ Yadkin Valley (unk.) / 115,200
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Temecula CA / Riverside Feb, 1986 {—} \ South Coast (unk.) / 90,000
Templeton Gap District CA / San Luis Obispo Nov, 2014 {—} \ Paso Robles \ Central Coast (unk.) / 35,600
Texas Davis Mountains TX / Jeff Davis May, 1998 {—} \ (unk.) / 270,000
Texas High Plains TX / Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Briscoe, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Parmer, Randall, Swisher, Terry, Yoakum Apr, 1993 {—} \ (unk.) / 8,000,000
Texas Hill Country / 2nd Largest AVA TX / Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Comal, Edwards, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Real, San Saba, Travis, Uvalde, Williamson Dec, 1991 {Bell Mountain, Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country} \ (unk.) / 9,600,000
Texoma TX / Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Montague Jan, 2006 {—} \ (unk.) / 2,300,000
The Hamptons, Long Island NY / Suffolk June, 1985 {—} \ Long Island (unk.) / 136,448
Tracy Hills CA / San Joaquin Jluy, 2006 {—} \ (unk.) / 38,500
Trinity Lakes CA / Trinity Feb, 2005 {—} \ (unk.) / 98,000
Umpqua Valley OR / Douglas Apr, 1984 {Elkton Oregon, Red Hill Douglas County Oregon} \ Southern Oregon 1,305 / 735,000
Upper Hiwassee Highlands GA, NC / Aug, 2014 {—} \ (unk.) / 441,600
Upper Mississippi River Valley IL, IO, MN, WI / June, 2009 {Lake Wisconsin (WI)} \ (unk.) / 19,145,000
Virginia's Eastern Shore VA / Accomack, Northampton Feb, 1991 {—} \ (unk.) / 436,480
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Wahluke Slope WA / Grant Jan, 2006 {—} \ Columbia Valley ‡ (unk.) / 81,000
Walla Walla Valley OR, WA / Feb, 1987 {—} \ Columbia Valley ‡ 1,203 / 320,000
Warren Hills NJ / Warren Sept, 1988 {—} \ (unk.) / 144,640
West Elks CO / Delta May, 2001 {—} \ 105 / 48,400
Western Connecticut Highlands MA / Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, New Haven Mar, 1988 {—} \ (unk.) / 1,004,550
Wild Horse Valley CA / Napa, Solano Dec, 1988 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast (unk.) / 3,941
Willamette Valley OR / Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, Yamhill Jan, 1984 {Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton District} \ 17,536 / 3,412,000
Willow Creek CA / Humboldt, Trinity Sept, 1983 {—} \ (unk.) / 7,582
Wisconsin Ledge WI / Brown, Calumet, Dodge, Door, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington Mar, 2012 {—} \ 320 / 2,432,000
Yadkin Valley NC / Davidson, Davie, Forsythe, Stokes, Surrey, Wilkes, Yadkin Feb, 2003 {Swan Creek} \ (unk.) / 1,231,000
Yakima Valley WA / Benton, Yakima Oct, 1995 {Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, Snipes Mountain} \ Columbia Valley ‡ 384 / 699,400
Yamhill-Carlton District OR / Washington, Yamhil Feb, 2005 {—} \ Willamette Valley 2,050 / 57,000
York Mountain CA / San Luis Obispo Feb, 1987 {—} \ Central Coast (unk.) / 6,349
Yorkville Highlands CA / Mendocino June, 1998 {—} \ Mendocino \ North Coast 80 / 44,000
Yountville CA / Napa May, 1999 {—} \ Napa Valley \ North Coast 882 / 8,300

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NOTES
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1 - Because the reference sources used disagree widely and acreage figures are often merely estimates rather than actual surveyed measurements, they should not be relied upon. Acres planted is a substantially smaller number than the entire area stipulated as included in the AVA in the great majority of cases. RETURN

2 - When this AVA was pending approval, the Chilean brand "Santa Rita" won a trademark infringement suit against the Santa Rita Hills AVA, forcing this American area to evermore be legally identified by the abbreviated name only... RETURN

RELATED LINKS
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The Wine Institute offers some online pages to answer "what, where, how and why" questions about American Viticultural Areas and provide more detailed information regarding the effects on labeling regulations and restrictions.

Vestra offers a wide selection of detailed full color glossy unframed maps of West Coast AVAs.


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