Bennett Valley AVA

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Bennett Valley AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established2003[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, North Coast AVA, Sonoma Coast AVA, Sonoma County, Sonoma Mountain AVA, Sonoma Valley AVA
Total area8,140 acres (33 km2)[2]
Size of planted vineyards650 acres (3 km2)[2]
Grapes producedCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot noir, Roussanne, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel[2]

The Bennett Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Sonoma County, California. The boundaries of this appellation lie completely within the North Coast AVA, almost completely within the Sonoma Valley AVA and overlaps into some areas of the Sonoma Coast AVA and Sonoma Mountain AVA. The region was granted AVA status on December 23, 2003 following the petition of Matanzas Creek Winery. The AVA is surrounded to the south, east and west by the Sonoma Mountains and to the north by the city of Santa Rosa, California. The region receives a moderating effect on its climate from Pacific Ocean through the cool coastal fogs and breeze that creep into the area from the southwest through Crane Canyon between Sonoma Mountain and Taylor Mountain. Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc and Syrah are the leading grape varieties planted.[2]

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  1. ^ "§ 9.142 Bennett Valley" (Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas). Code of Federal Regulations. Retrieved November 30, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bennett Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Appellation America. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved November 30, 2007.

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Coordinates: 38°24′N 122°38′W / 38.4°N 122.64°W / 38.4; -122.64