Edna Valley AVA

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Edna Valley AVA
Wine region
Edna Valley at Sunset.jpg
View from Edna Valley winery
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1982, amended in 1987[1]
Country USA
Part of California, Central Coast AVA
Total area 22,400 acres (9,065 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Albarino, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Teroldego, Viognier[3]

The Edna Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in San Luis Obispo County, California south of the city of San Luis Obispo and north of the town of Arroyo Grande. It is part of the larger Central Coast AVA. The valley is roughly bounded by Lake Lopez to the south and Islay Hill to the north. It runs east to west bounded to the west by the Santa Lucia Mountains. The valley is shadowed by volcanic mountains and characterized by black humus and clay-rich soils. Edna Valley has one of California’s longest growing seasons. The valley is kept cool by breezes from the Pacific Ocean and morning fog.

View of the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande AVAs from Wolff Vineyards in Arroyo Grande, California, on April 6, 2015.
Panorama of Talley Vineyards, located along Lopez Drive in the heart of the Edna Valley AVA.

The AVA is most well known for its Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and to a lesser extent Syrah. Grapes were originally planted here by Spanish missionaries in the early 19th century. The region saw a revival when new vineyards were planted in the early 1970s by Paragon and Chamisal Vineyards. Edna Valley wines are often grouped with those of the contiguous Arroyo Grande Valley AVA.[3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.35 Edna Valley." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Edna Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.