Catoctin AVA

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Catoctin AVA
Wine region
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Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1983, amended in 1987[1]
Country United States
Part of Maryland
Climate region Continental/humid subtropical
Precipitation (annual average) 36 inches (91 cm) to 42 inches (107 cm)[2]
Total area 170,000 acres (68,797 ha)[3]
Grapes produced Barbera, Albariño, Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Muscat Canelli, Pinot noir, Riesling, Vidal blanc[2]

The Catoctin AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in the Frederick and Washington counties of western Maryland. The region is bordered by Catoctin Mountain to the east, the Pennsylvania border to the north, South Mountain to the west, and the Potomac River to the south. "Catoctin" is Algonquian for "speckled rock" (c.f. Ojibwa gidagasin: "speckled rock", "flecked rock" or "spotted rock"), a geological feature of the area. Two commercial wineries operate in the AVA.[2] The hardiness zones are 7a and 6b.

Coordinates: 39°39′N 77°28′W / 39.650°N 77.467°W / 39.650; -77.467[1]


  1. ^ a b Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.67 Catoctin." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Catoctin (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 30, 2008.
  3. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State" Archived January 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Feb. 5, 2008.