California Shenandoah Valley AVA

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California Shenandoah Valley AVA
Wine region
Sobon Estates in Shenandoah Valley AVA.jpg
Sobon Estates vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley AVA
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1982, amended in 1987[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Sierra Foothills AVA
Total area10,000 acres (40 km2)[2]
Size of planted vineyards2,000 acres (8 km2)[2]
Grapes producedAlicante Bouschet, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli, Nebbiolo, Orange Muscat, Petite Sirah, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Verdelho, Viognier, Zinfandel[2]
No. of wineries16[2]

The California Shenandoah Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area that includes portions of Amador County and El Dorado County, California, United States. The region was settled by non-indigenous peoples during the California Gold Rush in the nineteenth century, and settlers in the region began planting grapevines and producing wine soon thereafter. In the 1970s, Sutter Home Winery began bottling varietal Zinfandel wines made from Shenandoah Valley grapes, and in 1983 the region became a designated AVA. The most important grape variety in the region is Zinfandel.[2]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.37 California Shenandoah Valley." Archived 2009-09-07 at the Wayback Machine Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Appellation America (2007). "Shenandoah Valley (CA) (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.

Coordinates: 38°32′N 120°48′W / 38.53°N 120.8°W / 38.53; -120.8