Alta Mesa AVA
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Part of||California, Lodi AVA|
|Total area||55,400 acres (224 km2)|
|Size of planted vineyards||5,300 acres (21.4 km2)|
|Grapes produced||Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot|
The Alta Mesa AVA is an American Viticultural Area entirely located within the Lodi AVA in Sacramento County, California in the United States. The appellation's name is Spanish for "high table", a reference to the higher elevation of the land compared to the surrounding terrain.
Geography and climate
90% of the soil in the Alta Mesa AVA is dense clay and heavy gravel. The appellation is known for warm summers, and low annual rainfall. Alta Mesa is considered one of the warmest subregions of the Lodi AVA.
Federal recognition of the AVA occurred on July 17, 2006.
There are no wineries currently located in this AVA that produce wine. Wineries located outside of the appellation may produce wines created from grapes grown in Alta Mesa AVA vineyards and label their wines as such.