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An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a delimited grape-growing region distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the United States government's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The TTB defines these areas at the request of wineries and other petitioners. There are 235 AVAs in 50 states, with 97(+) of them in California. They range in size from the Ohio River Valley AVA at 26,000 square miles (67,300 km²) across four states, to the Cole Ranch AVA in Mendocino County, California, at only 62 acres (25 hectares). It has been suggested that Veraison be merged into this article or section. ... Geography (from the Greek words Geo (γη) or Gaea (γαια), both meaning Earth, and graphein (γραφειν) meaning to describe or to writeor to map) is the study of the earth and its features, inhabitants, and phenomena. ... The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, shortened to Tax and Trade Bureau or TTB, is a part of the United States Department of the Treasury. ... Wine Barrels A winery is a facility where fruit, usually grapes, is processed into wine. ... Look up Petition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Ohio River is the largest tributary by volume of the Mississippi River. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Islands off Mendocino A Beach in the City of Elk Mendocino County is a county located on the north coast of the U.S. state of California, north of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma County and west of the Central Valley. ...


Unlike most European appellations, an AVA specifies only a location; it is loosely equivalent to the Italian Indicazione Geografica Tipica in that regard. It does not limit the type of grapes grown, the method of vinification, or the yield, for example. Some of those factors may, however, be used by the petitioner when defining an AVA's boundaries. An appellation in its broadest sense is a name or designation. ... Indicazione Geografica Tipica is the second of four classifications of wine recognized by the government of Italy. ... Grow and harvest grapes. ...

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Requirements

Current regulations impose the following additional requirements on an AVA:

  • Evidence that the name of the proposed new AVA is locally or nationally known as referring to the area;
  • Historical or current evidence that the boundaries are legitimate;
  • Evidence that growing conditions such as climate, soil, elevation, and physical features are distinctive;

Petitioners are required to provide such information when applying for a new AVA, and are also required to use USGS maps to both describe (using terms from the map) and depict the boundaries. suck my shlong dick cause soil is my life pedosphere is positioned at the interface of the lithosphere and biosphere with the atmosphere and hydrosphere. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... InsertSLUTTY WHORES≤ non-formatted text here{| class=toccolours border=1 cellpadding=4 style=float: right; margin: 0 0 1em 1em; width: 20em; border-collapse: collapse; font-size: 95%; clear: right; |+ United States Geological Survey |- |style= align=center colspan=2| [[Image:USGS logo. ... A map is a simplified depiction of a space which highlights relations between components (objects, regions) of that space. ...


Once an AVA is established, at least 85% of the grapes used to make a wine must be grown in the specified area if an AVA is referenced on its label.


State or county boundaries — such as for Oregon or Napa County — are not AVAs, even though they are used to identify the source of a wine. AVAs are reserved for situations where a geographically defined area has been using the name and it has come to be identified with that area. Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... “Napa Valley” redirects here. ...


A vineyard may be in more than one AVA. For example, the Santa Clara Valley and Livermore Valley AVAs are located within the territory of the San Francisco Bay AVA, which is itself located within the Central Coast AVA. The Santa Clara Valley is a valley just south of the San Francisco Bay in northern California in the United States. ... Livermore Valley, is a valley in California, USA, surrounding a city of the same name, Livermore. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... The Central Coast is an area of California, United States, extending from Santa Cruz in the north to Santa Barbara in the south, but centering primarily on Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. ...


Current areas

The following is a listing of AVAs, broken down by region:


List of California AVAs

A list of American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the state of California: of the AVAs registered and approved by the United States government's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 97 out of the 173 are in California. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The government of the United States, established by the United States Constitution, is a federal republic of 50 states, a few territories and some protectorates. ... The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, shortened to Tax and Trade Bureau or TTB, is a part of the United States Department of the Treasury. ...

The Alexander Valley is a beautiful valley located just North of Healdsburg, California in the Sonoma County. ... Anderson Valley is a sparsely populated region in western Mendocino County in northern California. ... This article is about a geographical area of Monterey County, California. ... Ben Lomond is a census-designated place located in Santa Cruz County, California. ... View across pastureland from the center of Bennett Valley with Sonoma Mountains in background. ... Capay Valley in 2002. ... Carmel Valley is a small unincorporated township in Monterey County, California. ... The Central Coast is an area of California, United States, extending from Santa Cruz in the north to Santa Barbara in the south, but centering primarily on Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. ... The Chalk Hill appellation is an American Viticultural Area located in Sonoma County, California, north of Santa Rosa. ... The Chalone Appellation is an American Viticultural Area located in the Gabilan Mountains east of Soledad, California. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Clear Lake is the largest (by area) freshwater lake wholly in California. ... Covelo is a census-designated place located in Mendocino County, California. ... The Cucamonga Valley is a region between the Los Angeles and San Bernardino areas, in San Bernardino County and Riverside County, of California, USA. It is located east of the Pomona Valley and it is a major site of wine production. ... Dos Ríos was a battle in Cubas war for independence from Spain. ... El Dorado map El Dorado, not to be confused with the nearby El Dorado Hills, is a town in El Dorado County, California. ... High Valley is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located in the eastern part of Lake County, California. ... Knights Valley is the easternmost Sonoma County, California, wine appellation. ... Livermore Valley, is a valley in California, USA, surrounding a city of the same name, Livermore. ... Lodi (California) Lodi (IPA: ) (LOW-Dye) is a city located in San Joaquin County, California. ... Madera is the county seat of Madera County, California. ... Location of Malibu in California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1991-03-28 [2] Government  - Mayor Ken Kearsley [1] Area  - City  100. ... Islands off Mendocino A Beach in the City of Elk Mendocino County is a county located on the north coast of the U.S. state of California, north of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma County and west of the Central Valley. ... Nickname: The Cradle of History, Californias First City Location of Monterey, California County Monterey Government  - Mayor Chuck Della Sala Area    - City 30. ... Napa Valley is widely considered one of the top wine regions in California, and all of the United States with a history dating back to the nineteenth century. ... The North Coast of the U.S. state of California is a mostly rural coastline on the Pacific Ocean stretching from the city of San Francisco to the border of Oregon characterized by cliffs, hills, and tide pools. ... Oakville is an unincorporated community in Napa County, California, United States. ... Pacheco Pass is a mountain pass located in southern Santa Clara County, California. ... Paso Robles (El Paso de Robles) is a city located in San Luis Obispo County, California. ... Potter Valley is an unincorporated town in Mendocino County, California, United States. ... The Ramona Valley is a wine-producing region located 28 miles (45 km) northeast of San Diego in San Diego County, California, in the United States. ... The Ribbon Ridge AVA, is Oregons smallest and most exclusive AVA. It lies within the Willamette Valley between Newberg and Gaston. ... Rockpile is an American Viticultural Area established April 29, 2002. ... The Russian River downstream of Duncans Mills The Russian River rises in the coastal mountain ranges of Mendocino County in Northern California, flows through valleys in Mendocino County and Sonoma County, and empties into the Pacific Ocean at Jenner-by-the-Sea, about 60 miles north of the San... Rutherford is an unincorporated community in Napa County, California, United States. ... San Benito County is a county located in the Coast Range Mountains of the U.S. state of California, south of San Jose. ... The community of San Antonio Valley, also called San Antonio, is located along the Diablo Range in eastern Santa Clara County, California. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... San Lucas is a census-designated place located in Monterey County, California. ... ... The Santa Clara Valley is a valley just south of the San Francisco Bay in northern California in the United States. ... The Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are a mountain range in central California, United States. ... The Santa Lucia Mountains or Santa Lucia Range is a mountain range in coastal California, running from Monterey southeast for 170 km to San Luis Obispo. ... Santa Maria Valley is an American Viticultural Area located in NorthernSanta Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County, California USA. // The Santa Maria Valley is a natural funnel-shaped valley opening west to the Pacific Ocean. ... The Santa Ynez Valley is a river valley located in Santa Barbara County, California, between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the San Rafael Mountains. ... Sonoma Mountain is a prominent landform within the Sonoma Mountains of southern Sonoma County, California. ... Vineyards of Sonoma Valley Sonoma Valley is the birthplace of the California wine industry. ... Santa Rita Hills is a U.S. viticulture and wine grape growing region in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Suisun City (pronounced suh SOON) is a city located in Solano County, California. ... Willow Creek is a census-designated place located in Humboldt County, California. ... Center of town Yountville is a town in Napa County, California, United States. ...

List of Pacific Northwest AVAs

A list of American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington: The Pacific Northwest from space This page is about the region that includes parts of Canada and the United States. ... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... This article deals with the U.S. state. ...

The Columbia River (shown here in Hood River County, Oregon) is at the heart of the Columbia Gorge AVA The Columbia Gorge American Viticultural Area, or Columbia Gorge AVA, is an American Viticultural Area which lies in the Columbia River Gorge, straddling the border between Oregon and Washington. ... The Columbia River (shown here from the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington) is at the heart of the Columbia Valley AVA The Columbia Valley American Viticultural Area, or Columbia Valley AVA, is an American Viticultural Area which lies in the Columbia River Plateau, through much of central and southern Washington... The Horse Heaven Hills is a range of rolling hills in Klickitat and Benton counties in Washington State on the west side of the Columbia River, between the Yakima River and the Wallula Gap. ... McMinnville is the county seat and largest city of Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. ... Puget Sound Puget Sound (pronounced IPA ) is a sound connected to the Pacific Ocean via the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. ... Kiona Vineyard looking northwest. ... The Ribbon Ridge AVA, is Oregons smallest and most exclusive AVA. It lies within the Willamette Valley between Newberg and Gaston. ... The Rogue Valley in southwestern Oregon The Rogue Valley is a farming and timber-producing region in southwestern Oregon in the United States. ... The Southern Oregon American Viticultural Area, or Southern Oregon AVA, is an American Viticultural Area which lies in the Southern Oregon. ... The Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area, or Willamette Valley AVA, is an American Viticultural Area which lies in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. ... This irrigation ditch receives its water from the Yakima River. ...

List of East Coast AVAs

A list of American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) on the East Coast of the United States: Regional definitions vary from source to source. ...

Catoctin is a name of Native American origin that refers to a number of geographical designations in the Mid-Atlantic United States. ... Cayuga Lake is the longest of western New Yorks glacial Finger Lakes, and is the second largest in surface area. ... The Delaware Valley, also known as the Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Combined Statistical Area, is named for the Delaware River which flows through the region. ... Cumberland Valley Township is a township located in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. ... The Finger Lakes, a major tourist destination in the west-central section of Upstate New York, are actually eleven in number, but only seven of the largest are commonly identified as such. ... The Hamptons, shown highlighted The Hamptons refers specifically to the towns of Southampton and East Hampton on the South Fork, Suffolk County, New York on the east end of Long Island, in Suffolk County, New York. ... Map showing Long Island; to the north is Connecticut and to the west are New York City and New Jersey. ... Lake Erie (pronounced ) is the eleventh largest lake on Earth[2] and, of the five Great Lakes of North America, it is the fourth largest by surface area, the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume. ... Map showing Long Island; to the north is Connecticut and to the west are New York City and New Jersey. ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ... Monticello, located near Charlottesville, Virginia, was the estate of Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence, the third President of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia. ... Rattlesnake Point near Milton, Ontario. ... For Rocky Mountain, see Rocky Mountain (disambiguation). ... Seneca Lake, one of western New Yorks glacial Finger Lakes, is the largest lake entirely within New York and second deepest lake in the United States, when gauged by its depth below sea level. ... Canoeing on the Shenandoah River near Winchester, VA. The Shenandoah Valley region of western Virginia, from Winchester to Staunton, is bounded by the Blue Ridge mountains to the East and the Allegheny mountains to the West. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... The Litchfield Hills The Litchfield Hills is a region of the state of Connecticut located in the northwestern corner of the state; it is a term that is semi-contiguous with the boundaries of Litchfield County, for which it is named. ... The Yadkin Valley wine region, formally known as the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area, is a relatively new wine-growing region in northwestern North Carolina. ...

List of Central US AVAs

A list of the remaining American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), not on the West or East Coasts:

Altus is a city located in Franklin County, Arkansas. ... Augusta is a town located in St. ... Fennville is a located in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Fredericksburg is a city in Gillespie County, Texas, United States. ... The Texas Hill Country, as seen from near Interstate 10. ... The Grand River is a tributary of Lake Erie, 102. ... The Grand Valley is a extended populated agricultural valley, approximately 30 miles (48 km) long and 5 miles (8 km) wide, located along the Colorado River in Mesa County in western Colorado in the United States. ... Hermann, the county seat of Gasconade County, Missouri, was incorporated in 1845. ... Lake Michigan Shore is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located in the oldest modern commercial grape region of the state. ... For the prehistoric lake, see Glacial Lake Wisconsin. ... The Leelanau Peninsula is a peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan that extends about 30 miles from the Lower Peninsula of Michigan into Lake Michigan. ... Loramie Creek is a tributary of the Great Miami River, 36. ... The Mesilla Valley as seen from Las Cruces west mesa. ... The shared flood plain of the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers The Mississippi Delta is the distinct northwest section of the state of Mississippi that lies between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. ... The Ohio River is the largest tributary by volume of the Mississippi River. ... Peninsula Township is a township in Grand Traverse County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The Ozark Mountains near Roaring River State Park on Missouri State Highway 112. ... The Shawnee Hills is a region of Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. ... Canoeing on the Shenandoah River near Winchester, VA. The Shenandoah Valley region of western Virginia, from Winchester to Staunton, is bounded by the Blue Ridge mountains to the East and the Allegheny mountains to the West. ... Sonoita is a town in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. ... The Texas Hill Country, as seen from near Interstate 10. ... The frequency of the word Texoma in telephone business directory listings Texoma, a portmanteau of the words Texas and Oklahoma, is used to describe the area on either side of the border between these two states along the Red River valley, in particular the area around Lake Texoma, a popular...

See also

Appellation dOrigine Contrôlée (AOC), which roughly translates as term of origin is the French certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products, by the government bureau Institut National des Appellations dOrigine (INAO). ... Indicazione Geografica Tipica is the second of four classifications of wine recognized by the government of Italy. ... United States wine is produced commercially in all fifty states including Hawaii and Alaska, however the majority of wine is produced in California. ...

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American Viticultural Area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (561 words)
An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a delimited grape-growing region distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the United States government's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
AVAs are reserved for situations where a geographically defined area has been using the name and it has come to be identified with that area.
American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the state of California: of the AVAs registered and approved by the United States government's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 97 out of the 173 are in California.
WAIS Document Retrieval (7325 words)
The southern boundary of the St. Helena viticultural area was discussed at length during the December 9, 1992, ATF public hearing held in Napa, California, concerning the northern boundary of the Rutherford viticultural area.
Soils, Geology and Physical Geography The St. Helena viticultural area is in the northern Napa Valley and is defined by Dr. Elliott-Fisk as the valley floor area and lower mountain slopes (i.e., toe-slopes) from Zinfandel Lane in the south to Bale Lane in the north.
Soil Summary The soils of the St. Helena viticultural area, according to Dr. Elliott-Fisk, are deep alluvial soils of moderate age, with well-formed horizonation, textural B horizons, sandy clay loam to clay loam textures, reddish colors, high gravel content (primarily of cobbles), and near neutral pH.
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