McMinnville AVA

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McMinnville AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 2005[1]
Country United States
Part of Oregon, Willamette Valley AVA
Climate region Maritime
Total area 40,500 acres (16,390 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 600 acres (243 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling[3]
No. of wineries 14[4]

The McMinnville AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Yamhill County, Oregon. It is entirely contained within the Willamette Valley AVA, roughly running from McMinnville to Sheridan. The AVA was created as a result of a successful petition from Kevin Byrd of Youngberg Hill Vineyards.[3] McMinnville is one of few AVAs that is designated in part based on elevation, with vineyards required to be between 200 feet (61 m) and 1,000 feet (305 m) above sea level, where the soil and rock formations differ from surrounding areas. Primarily uplifted marine sedimentary loams and silt, the top soil is shallow and relatively infertile.[2]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.181 McMinnville." 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. 30, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Willamette Valley Wineries (2008). "Willamette Valley AVAs" Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Jan. 30, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "McMinnville (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 30, 2008.
  4. ^ "Federal Register vol 70 no. 11, Tuesday Jan 18 2005, Establishment of the McMinnville Viticultural Area (2002R-217P)" (PDF). 

Coordinates: 45°08′24″N 123°17′35″W / 45.140°N 123.293°W / 45.140; -123.293