Atlas Peak AVA

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Atlas Peak AVA
Wine region
Atlas Peak vineyards Napa Valley.jpg
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1992[1]
Country United States
Part of Napa Valley AVA
Other regions in Napa Valley AVA Calistoga 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 area 11,000 acres (45 km2)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 1,500 acres (6 km2)[2]
Varietals produced Cabernet 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]

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  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.140 Atlas Peak." Archived July 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Oct. 30, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Atlas Peak (AVA): Appellation Description" Archived October 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Oct. 30, 2007.

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