Mendocino AVA

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Mendocino AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1984, amended in 1998[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Mendocino County, North Coast AVA
Sub-regionsAnderson Valley AVA, Cole Ranch AVA, Covelo AVA, Dos Rios AVA, Eagle Peak Mendocino County AVA, McDowell Valley AVA, Mendocino Ridge AVA, Potter Valley AVA, Redwood Valley AVA, Yorkville Highlands AVA
Climate regionMediterranean/maritime
Grapes producedArneis, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Charbono, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Colombard, Dolcetto, Grenache, Merlot, Montepulciano, Muscat Canelli, Nebbiolo, Negro Amaro, Nero D’Avola, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir, Pinotage, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Sauvignon Musque, Semillon, Syrah, Tocai Friulano, Valdiguie, Viognier, Zinfandel[2]

The Mendocino AVA is an American Viticultural Area encompassing Mendocino County, California. Within this larger appellation are several smaller AVAs, and applications are pending with the United States Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to create new AVAs out of the Sanel and Ukiah valleys along the Russian River. The Mendocino AVA is known for the cultivation of Mediterranean climate grapes including Carignan, Charbono, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel. The cooler climate in the Anderson Valley is known for its Pinot noir and sparkling wine production. Many wineries in nearby Sonoma and Napa counties purchase Mendocino grapes to blend into wines labeled with other appellations.[2]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.93 Mendocino." 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. 7, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Mendocino (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 7, 2008.