Hames Valley AVA

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Hames Valley AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1994[1]
Country United States
Part of California, Central Coast AVA, Monterey AVA
Total area 10,240 acres (4,144 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 2,000 acres (809 ha)[3]
Grapes produced Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon blanc, Teroldego[3]

The Hames Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Monterey County, California at about 35°52'N 120°52'W, about 2 km west of US Route 101. It became an AVA in 1994.[4] It is part of the larger Monterey AVA, and is located at the southern end of the Salinas Valley in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Range. The soil in the valley is shale and loam, and the climate is slightly warmer than other regions of Monterey. In addition to Bordeaux varietals, traditional Port grapes such as Tinta Cao and Touriga Nacional are grown in the valley.[3] One recent significant wine is the 2008 Nybakken "IV Amici" Petite Syrah.

Venoco has drilled exploratory fracking wells in the region (near San Ardo to drill for petroleum in the shale in the area, as well as in Los Alamos, California in Santa Barbara County.[5]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.147 Hames 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. 23, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Hames Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
  4. ^ Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association: Hames Valley AVA
  5. ^ http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/2011/feb/10/fracking-ordeal/

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