Carmel Valley AVA

Coordinates: 36°29′08″N 121°43′58″W / 36.48542°N 121.73272°W / 36.48542; -121.73272
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Carmel Valley AVA
Wine region
2015-09-18 Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo 02.jpg
Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo located on Rio Road off of Highway 1 at the mouth of Carmel Valley, California
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1982[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Central Coast AVA
Other regions in California, Central Coast AVAArroyo Grande Valley AVA, Arroyo Seco AVA, Chalone AVA, Cienega Valley AVA, Edna Valley AVA, Hames Valley AVA, Lime Kiln Valley AVA, Livermore Valley AVA, Monterey AVA, Mt. Harlan AVA, Pacheco Pass AVA, Paicines AVA, Paso Robles AVA, San Antonio Valley AVA, San Benito AVA, San Bernabe AVA, San Francisco Bay AVA, San Lucas AVA, San Ysidro District AVA, Santa Clara Valley AVA, Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, Santa Maria Valley AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, York Mountain AVA
Climate regionExtensive coastal influence. Hillside has moderate temperature swings.[2]
Soil conditionsSan Andreas Fine Sandy Loam, Arroyo Seco Gravelly Sandy Loam[2]
Total area19,200 acres (7,770 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards300 acres (121 ha)[3]
Grapes producedAleatico, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Zinfandel[3]

The Carmel Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Monterey County, California, east of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The AVA is home to a number of wineries and vineyards, as well as the town of Carmel Valley Village. Wineries with tasting rooms in Carmel Valley include Bernardus, Boëté, Boekenoogen, Chateau Sinnet, Folktale Winery and Vineyards, Galante, Georis, Joyce Vineyards, Heller Estate (Currently Massa. Formerly Durney), Holman Ranch, Joullian Vineyards, Talbott.[4] The Monterey-Salinas Transit Route 24 public bus, named the Grapevine Express, runs through the Carmel Valley stopping at most of the tasting rooms.[5]

County Route G16 runs through the valley while the Carmel River flows on the valley floor. The vineyards in the region are mostly located at 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level or higher, where coastal fog and wind less influence the crops.[3]

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  1. ^ "§ 9.58 Carmel Valley" (Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas.). Code of Federal Regulations. January 19, 2008. Retrieved January 24, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "AVA's (American Viticultural Area)" (Carmel Valley). Monterey Wine Country. 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Carmel Valley (AVA): Appellation Profile". Appellation America. 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "Wineries & Breweries". Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on October 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Route List". Monterey-Salinas Transit. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
36°29′08″N 121°43′58″W / 36.48542°N 121.73272°W / 36.48542; -121.73272