McDowell Valley AVA

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McDowell Valley AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1981, amended in 1987[1]
Country United States
Part of California, Mendocino AVA, Mendocino County, North Coast AVA
Size of planted vineyards 540 acres (2 km2)[2]
Grapes produced Grenache, Grenache gris, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon blanc, Souzao, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Zinfandel[2]
No. of wineries 1[2]

The McDowell Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in southeastern Mendocino County, California. The wine appellation is located on sloped bench land at elevations as high as 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level that overlook the Russian River to the west. McDowell Valley is slightly cooler than the surrounding areas of Mendocino County. There is currently only one winery operating within the boundaries of the AVA, McDowell Valley Vineyards.[2]

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  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.36 McDowell 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 Jan. 21, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Appellation America (2007). "McDowell Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 21, 2008.