Cucamonga Valley AVA
View of the Cucamonga Valley AVA from Cucamonga Peak
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Part of||California, South Coast AVA|
|Size of planted vineyards||1,000 acres (4 km2)|
|Grapes produced||Aleatico, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chasselas, Grenache, Merlot, Mission, Mourvedre, Palomino, Pedro Ximenes, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel|
The Cucamonga Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area in San Bernardino County, California, about 15 miles (24 km) west of San Bernardino. Grape cultivation began in the Cucamonga Valley in 1838, and quickly became a major agricultural crop for the area. When Prohibition began in 1920, the Cucamonga Valley produced more wine grapes than Napa County and Sonoma County combined. Following Prohibition, the wine industry and other agricultural endeavors in the Cucamonga Valley faced increasing pressure from the urban expansion of Los Angeles and Orange County. Cucamonga Valley is a hot climate for viniculture, with summer temperatures often exceeding 100 °F (38 °C). The valley floor is sandy, alluvial soils. Pierce’s disease has affected vines in the valley.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.150 Cucamonga Valley." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
- Appellation America (2007). "Cucamonga Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
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