Lancaster Valley AVA

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Lancaster Valley AVA
Wine region
Lancaster Valley Pennsylvania.jpg
The Lancaster Valley near the Susquehanna River Valley
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1984[1]
Country United States
Part of Pennsylvania
Climate region Continental
Soil conditions Karst
Total area 225,000 acres (91,054 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 400 acres (162 ha)[3]
Grapes produced Cabernet Franc, Catawba, Cayuga, Chambourcin, Chancellor, De Chaunac, Merlot, Niagara, Seyval blanc, Vidal blanc, Vignoles[3]
No. of wineries 10[3]

The Lancaster Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Lancaster and Chester counties of southeastern Pennsylvania, centered on the city of Lancaster. The wine region includes 225,000 acres (91,054 ha) in a valley that is roughly 30 miles (48 km) long and 12 miles (19 km) wide, although only 400 acres (162 ha) are planted to grapevines. The Lancaster Valley area is one of the most fertile agricultural areas in Pennsylvania, and features rich topsoil over limestone bedrock.[3] It has a humid continental climate (Dfa) and is located in hardiness zones 6b and 7a.


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.41 Lancaster Valley." Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. 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 2008-01-27 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Feb. 5, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d Appellation America (2007). "Lancaster Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Feb. 5, 2008.