Adelaida District AVA

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Adelaida District AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 2014[1][2]
Country United States
Part of California, San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles AVA
Size of planted vineyards 883 acres (4 km2)[3]
Varietals produced Mourvèdre, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache and Merlot.[3]

Adelaida District AVA is an American Viticultural Area located on the north west portion of the Paso Robles AVA in San Luis Obispo County, California. It was established by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in 2014.[1] Wineries located within the Adelaida District are: The Farm Winery, Peachy Canyon Winery, Le Cuvier, Alta Colina, Carmody McKnight Estate Wines, Wild Coyote, Villicana, McPrice Myers, Jacob Toft, Chronic Cellars, Vines on the Marycrest, Lone Madrone, Adelaida Cellars, Daou, Calcareous, Law Estate, Nadeau, Minassian Young, Michael Gill, Villa Creek, Brecon, HammerSky, Oso Libre, Poallilo, Thacher Winery, Whalebone Vineyard, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Halter Ranch, Rangeland, Justin, Kukkula, Dubost, and Starr Ranch.

History[edit]

In the early 1920s Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a noted pianist, composer and prime minister of Poland, planted Petite Sirah and Zinfandel on his Rancho San Ignacio vineyard in the Adelaida area.[4] In 1964, Dr. Stanley Hoffman purchased a 1,200-acre ranch in the Adelaida District and, with the assistance of influential winemaker André Tchelistcheff, planted vineyards creating the Hoffman Mountain Ranch Winery, the first modern commercial winery in Paso Robles, California.[5]

Geography and climate[edit]

The Adelaida District AVA covers 53,342 acres with 883 planted in vineyards.[3] It lies in the Santa Lucia Range with high mountain slopes grading to foothills; 900–2,200 feet (270–670 m) in elevation. Average annual rainfall is 25 inches (64 cm).[2]

Viticulture[edit]

The district's calcareous soils consist of shallow, bedrock residual soils and patchy colluvial hillside soils from middle member of Monterey Formation and older rock.[2]

Grape varieties and wine[edit]

The most widely planted varieties in the Adelaida District AVA are Mourvèdre, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache and Merlot.[3]

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