California Shenandoah Valley AVA
Sobon Estates vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley AVA
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Year established||1982, amended in 1987|
|Part of||California, Sierra Foothills AVA|
|Total area||10,000 acres (40 km2)|
|Size of planted vineyards||2,000 acres (8 km2)|
|Grapes produced||Alicante Bouschet, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli, Nebbiolo, Orange Muscat, Petite Sirah, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Verdelho, Viognier, Zinfandel|
|No. of wineries||16|
The California Shenandoah Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area that includes portions of Amador County and El Dorado County, California, USA. The region was first settled during the California Gold Rush in the nineteenth century, and settlers in the region began planting the first grapevines and producing the first wine soon thereafter. In the 1970s, Sutter Home Winery began bottling varietal Zinfandel wines made from Shenandoah Valley grapes, and in 1983 the region became a designated AVA. The most important grape varietal in the region is Zinfandel.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.37 California Shenandoah Valley." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.
- Appellation America (2007). "Shenandoah Valley (CA) (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.
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