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Napa Vs Washington

19 Dec

How many AVAs are too many? Take the Napa test… Today, I was chatting with someone about Naches Heights, Washington’s newest American Viticultural Area. “When does Washington have enough appellations?” my friend asked. “Twelve seems like a lot.”

While 12 might seem like quite a few for just one state, consider this: Napa Valley – an area that is about three miles wide and 27 miles long – has 16 AVAs. That’s right. An area much more compact than the Yakima Valley has more appellations than the entire state of Washington.

Napa Valley AVA‘s

•Los Carneros
•Howell Mountain
•Wild Horse Valley
•Stags Leap District
•Mt. Veeder
•Atlas Peak
•Spring Mountain District
•St. Helena
•Chiles Valley
•Diamond Mountain District
•Oak Knoll District
•Napa Valley

Other comparisons between tiny Napa Valley and the entire state of Washingto
•Napa Valley has 43,000 acres of wine grapes, while Washington has a bit more than 40,000 acres.
•Napa Valley has about 300 wineries, while Washington has more than 750.

Washington’s AVAs

After Tuesday’s announcement on the approval of the Naches Heights American Viticultural Area, here is an updated list of Washington’s appellations in order of when they were approved.

  • Yakima Valley (1983)
  • Columbia Valley (1984)
  • Walla Walla Valley (1984)
  • Puget Sound (1995)
  • Red Mountain (2001)
  • Columbia Gorge (2004)
  • Horse Heaven Hills (2005)
  • Wahluke Slope (2006)
  • Rattlesnake Hills (2006)
  • Snipes Mountain (2009)
  • Lake Chelan (2009)
  • Naches Heights (2011)

original article

Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA – Sonoma

13 Dec

Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak becomes 14th official viticulture area in Sonoma County

Following a 6 year petition by a group of Sonoma County & Mendocino Vintners, a new Sonoma County AVA is finally approved.

The Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak American Viticultural Area (“Pine Mountain AVA” or “Pine Mountain”) spans 4,750 acres and contains 230 acres of vineyards. An additional 150 acres of vineyards are under development according to the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Bureau, which recently made Pine Mountain the 14th official viticultural area in Sonoma County. “This validates that the vineyards of Pine Mountain showcase a distinctive terroir. In Sonoma County, the new AVA elevation starts at 1,500 feet, climbing as high as 2,600 feet and overlaps the Alexander Valley AVA and the northern hills of Sonoma County. The mountainous soils and deep topography make this area a challenge for grape growing. The result is exceptional quality grapes from lower yielding vineyard sites.


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