The Regions

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North Coast

Sonoma County. Napa Valley. Mendocino. These are just a few of the prestigious regions found with the North Coast AVA. The appellation runs 120 miles north from the San Francisco Bay Area’s San Pablo Bay all the way to Mendocino County, and extends 50 miles inland. The region spans the mountainous terrain of both the Mayacamas and the Vaca Range, while drawing cooling wind and fog influence from the Pacific Ocean, combining to offer a seemingly endless diversity of terroir and terrain.

The North Coast AVA benefits from a unique combination of geographical features and climate conditions. The area is influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which moderates the temperatures and contributes to the overall cool climate of the region. Coastal fog and marine breezes help to extend the growing season, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and develop complex flavors while retaining excellent acidity.

  • AVA Acreage: 3 million
  • Dough Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon

Central Coast

Defined by proximity to the Pacific Ocean — and its cooling wind and fog during the growing season — the Central Coast appellation stretches from north of Los Angeles to the southern edge of the San Francisco Bay, and includes AVA stand outs like Paso Robles, Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco, Santa Barbara County and Sta. Rita Hills, to name just a few.

  • AVA Acreage: 6 million
  • Dough Varietals: Pinot Noir

Sonoma County

Sonoma County offers three distinct sections: Northern Sonoma, Sonoma Valley and the Sonoma Coast, each offering unique topography and terroir. All are heavily influenced by cooling wind and fog off the Pacific Ocean, drawn up the Russian River each day. While Cabernet Sauvignon takes center stage in the region, Sonoma County’s wide diversity of climate and elevation offers exceptional conditions for Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and more.

  • AVA Acreage: 11 million
  • Dough Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley

Though it is a mere 30 miles long and just a few miles wide, Napa Valley has a unique geologic history and offers a myriad of microclimates, elevations and soils. It was the first officially recognized American Viticultural Area in California (est. 1981) and, despite being one of the smallest winegrowing regions in the world — a mere 1/6 the size of Bordeaux — it has earned international acclaim.
  • AVA Acreage: 400,000
  • Dough Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Oakville, Napa valley

Found in the heart of Napa Valley, Oakville feels the heat of the valley floor as well as the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay. Like its neighbors Rutherford and St. Helena, it’s best know for Cabernet Sauvignon, but because of the cooling bay influences, Oakville bottlings offer a distinctive finesse and energy.
  • AVA Acreage: 5,760
  • Dough Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon

Oregon

One of the more up-and-coming regions along the west coast, Oregon Pinot Noirs now rank among the very finest American wines. Like Burgundy, Oregon’s wine regions have developed many small AVAs, including Willamette Valley, Eola-Amity Hills and Dundee Hills, to name a few. While 58% of the vineyards here are Pinot Noir, Oregon is also known for Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. Temperatures are moderated by proximity to the ocean, and regions generally see much higher rainfall than its southern neighbor.
  • AVA Acreage: 63 million
  • Dough Varietals: Pinot Noir
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