El Dorado AVA
The American river running through the El Dorado hills
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Year established||1983, amended in 1987|
|Part of||California, Sierra Foothills AVA|
|Sub-regions||Fair Play AVA|
|Total area||410,115 acres (1,660 km2)|
|Grapes produced||Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Charbono, Chardonnay, Cinsault, Gewurztraminer, Graciano, Grenache, Grenache blanc, Malbec, Marsanne, Merlot, Mondeuse, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli, Petite Sirah, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Pinotage, Riesling, Rolle, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Tempranillo, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, Viognier, Zinfandel|
|No. of wineries||26|
The El Dorado AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in El Dorado County, California, USA. Wine grape growers in the region produce Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot and are beginning to plant the Rhône varietals. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, vineyards are found at elevations between 1,200 feet (366 m) and 3,500 feet (1,067 m) above sea level and some of the best vineyards are planted above 2,000 feet (610 m) elevation. The region benefits from the cool breezes that come off the mountains and push hot air off the vines and down to the valley. The soils of the region are magma based with high levels of acidity.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.61 El Dorado." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.
- Sierra Wines (2008). "List of Wineries in El Dorado Viticultural Area". Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.
- Appellation America (2007). "El Dorado (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.
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