Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Part of||California, Central Coast AVA|
|Total area||42,880 acres (17,353 ha)|
|Grapes produced||Chardonnay, Counoise, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier, Zinfandel|
The Arroyo Grande Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in San Luis Obispo County, California. It is part of the larger Central Coast AVA, and the terrain is made of sedimentary and volcanic soils over a layer of bedrock known as the Franciscan Complex. The 16 miles (26 km) long appellation benefits from it east-northeast orientation which allows the breeze from the Pacific Ocean to moderate the climate of the area. The valley is divided by a fog line produced by the cool coastal fogs where Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Rhône varietals are grown on the higher elevations near Lopez Lake and the cooler mid-valley vineyards being home to Chardonnay and Pinot noir.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.129 Arroyo Grande Valley." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
- Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
- Appellation America (2007). "Arroyo Grande Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
- "Arroyo Grande Valley". CalWineries.
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