Alta Mesa AVA

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Alta Mesa AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 2006[1]
Country USA
Part of California, Lodi AVA
Total area 55,400 acres (224 km2)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 5,300 acres (21.4 km2)[2]
Grapes produced Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot[2]

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[edit]

90% of the soil in the Alta Mesa AVA is dense clay and heavy gravel.[2] 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.[1]


5,300 acres (21.4 km2) of the appellation are planted to grapevines. The most common grape varieties are Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.[2]


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.


  1. ^ a b Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.195 Alta Mesa." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 25, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Chandler, David (2007). "Alta Mesa (AVA)". Appellation America. Retrieved Oct. 4, 2007.