Atlas Peak AVA

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Atlas Peak AVA
Wine region
Atlas Peak vineyards Napa Valley.jpg
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1992[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofNapa Valley AVA
Other regions in Napa Valley AVACalistoga AVA, Chiles Valley AVA, Diamond Mountain District AVA, Howell Mountain AVA, Los Carneros AVA, Mt. Veeder AVA, Coombsville AVA, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA, Oakville AVA, Rutherford AVA, Spring Mountain District AVA, St. Helena AVA, Stags Leap District AVA, Wild Horse Valley AVA, Yountville AVA
Total area11,000 acres (45 km2)[2]
Size of planted vineyards1,500 acres (6 km2)[2]
Varietals producedCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel

The Atlas Peak AVA is an American Viticultural Area located within Napa Valley AVA just northeast of the city of Napa. The appellation sits on a higher elevation than most of Napa's wine region which limits the effects of the cool fog coming in from Pacific Ocean. The westward orientation of most vineyards on the Vaca Mountains also extends the amount of direct sunlight on the grapes. The soil of this AVA is volcanic and very porous which allows it to cool down quickly despite the increased sunlight. The area has a fairly significant diurnal temperature variation upwards of 30 °F (17 °C) between daytime and night. This contributes to the balance of acidity that grapes from Atlas Peak vineyards are known to have.[2]

In August 2020, Atlas Peak was evacuated due to the Hennessey Fire, which resulted in the burning of over 315,000 acres (127,476 ha) in five counties, including in north Atlas Peak.[3]

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  1. ^ "§ 9.140 Atlas Peak" (Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas). Code of Federal Regulations. Retrieved October 30, 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Atlas Peak (AVA): Appellation Profile". Appellation America. 2007. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Hennessey Fire Information". CAL FIRE. Retrieved 17 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 38°26′N 122°16′W / 38.44°N 122.27°W / 38.44; -122.27