Cienega Valley AVA

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Cienega Valley AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1982[1]
Country United States
Part of California, Central Coast AVA, San Benito AVA
Grapes produced Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Pfeffer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Grenache, Merlot, Negrette, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel[2]

The Cienega Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in western San Benito County, California, United States. It is part of the larger Central Coast AVA. The valley was once a major source of wine grapes for Almaden Vineyards before it was acquired by Constellation Brands in 1987. Approximately 1,100 feet (340 m) above sea level, the valley floor is divided by the San Andreas fault. Soil on the east side of the fault is predominantly granite and sandstone, whereas soils on the west side of the fault are predominantly granite and limestone.[2]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.38 Cienega Valley." Archived 2008-01-19 at the Wayback Machine. Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Cienega Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.