Bennett Valley AVA
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Part of||California, North Coast AVA, Sonoma Coast AVA, Sonoma County, Sonoma Mountain AVA, Sonoma Valley AVA|
|Total area||8,140 acres (33 km2)|
|Size of planted vineyards||650 acres (3 km2)|
|Grapes produced||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot noir, Roussanne, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel|
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.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.142 Bennett Valley." Archived September 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Nov. 30, 2007.
- Appellation America (2007). "Bennett Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 30, 2007.
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