Chiles Valley AVA

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Chiles Valley AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1999[1]
Country United States
Part of Napa Valley AVA
Other regions in Napa Valley AVA Atlas Peak AVA, Calistoga AVA, Diamond Mountain District AVA, Howell Mountain AVA, Los Carneros AVA, Coombsville AVA, Mt. Veeder AVA, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA, Oakville AVA, Rutherford AVA, Spring Mountain District AVA, St. Helena AVA, Stags Leap District AVA, Wild Horse Valley AVA, Yountville AVA
Sub-regions Vaca Mountains
Total area 6,000 acres (24 km2)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 1,000 acres (4 km2)[2]
Varietals produced Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Zinfandel

The Chiles Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located within Napa Valley AVA, in Napa County, California.

The Chiles Valley is nestled in the Vaca Mountains above the northeast side of the Napa Valley. The appellation has a cooler climate than the main Napa Valley floor due to elevations of 600–1200 feet as well as a cooling breeze from the Pacific Ocean. The most planted grapes in Chiles Valley are Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon blanc.


Chiles Valley was named after Joseph Ballinger Chiles, who received the Rancho Catacula Mexican land grant in the 1841.[2] The area was historically a local source for tin, which was mined by residents in the area as of the 1881. Gypsum has also been found in the southern end of the valley.[3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.154 Chiles Valley." Archived 2008-07-10 at the Wayback Machine. Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Oct. 30, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Chiles Valley (AVA): Appellation Description" Archived 2007-11-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Oct. 30, 2007.
  3. ^ History of Napa and Lake Counties, California: Comprising Their Geography, Geology, Topography, Climatography, Springs and Timber ... Slocum, Bowen & Company. 1881. pp. 28–29.