Capay Valley AVA

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Capay Valley AVA
Wine region
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Capay Valley
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established2002[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia
Total area102,400 acres (41,440 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards25 acres (10 ha)[3]
Grapes producedCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Viognier[3]

The Capay Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in the Capay Valley, in northwest Yolo County, California.

The 102,400 acres (41,440 ha) region included in the AVA borders Napa County, Lake County, and Colusa County, and is bounded by the Blue Ridge to the west and the Capay Hills to the east.

The AVA was created as a result of a petition by Capay Valley Vineyards, the largest winery in the valley.[3]

John Gillig purchased part of the Rancho Canada de Capay Mexican land grant and established Yolo County's first winery in 1860.


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.176 Capay Valley." Archived January 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 28, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State" Archived January 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c (2007). "What’s in a name: What’s in a bottle?" Archived January 31, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved Jan. 28, 2008.