Clear Lake AVA

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Clear Lake AVA
Wine region
Clear Lake.jpg
Clear Lake with surrounding terrain.
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1984[1]
Country United States
Part of California, Lake County, North Coast AVA
Sub-regions Red Hills Lake County AVA
Size of planted vineyards 5,000 acres (2,000 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Tempranillo[2]
No. of wineries 36[2]

The Clear Lake AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Lake County, California. Half of the area contained within the boundaries of the AVA is Clear Lake, the largest body of freshwater in the state of California, and the namesake for the county. The moderating influence of the lake on the surrounding area results in a climate with less diurnal variation in temperature than surrounding areas. Clear Lake AVA is one of the coolest climates in California, which has led to success with grape varietals like Sauvignon blanc.[2]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.99 Clear Lake." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 21, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Appellation America (2007). "Clear Lake (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 21, 2008.