Cumberland Valley AVA

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Cumberland Valley AVA
Wine region
Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania.jpg
The Cumberland Valley in south central Pennsylvania
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1985, amended in 1987[1]
Country United States
Part of Maryland, Pennsylvania
Climate region Continental
Soil conditions Karst
Total area 765,000 acres (309,585 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 100 acres (40 ha)[3]

The Cumberland Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Washington County in west-central Maryland and Franklin and Cumberland counties in south-central Pennsylvania. Only 100 acres (40 ha) of the 765,000 acres (309,585 ha) included in the wine appellation are planted to grapevines, predominantly on high terraces over the Potomac River and on the slopes of South Mountain. The soil in the area is alkaline limestone.[3] The Cumberland Valley has a humid continental climate and is in hardiness zones 6b and 7a.


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.105 Cumberland Valley." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Feb. 5, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State" Archived January 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Feb. 5, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Cumberland Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Feb. 5, 2008.