North Coast AVA

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North Coast AVA
Wine region
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Vineyards in Sonoma County
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1983[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia
Sub-regionsList of North Coast AVAs
Climate regionMediterranean/maritime
Total area3,000,000 acres (12,000 km2)
Grapes producedBarbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Gamay noir, Gewurztraminer, Lagrein, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Valdiguie, Verdelho, Viognier, Zinfandel[2]

The North Coast AVA is an American Viticultural Area in the state of California that encompasses grape-growing regions in six counties located north of San Francisco: Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano. This large appellation covers over 3,000,000 acres (12,000 km2) and includes a number of smaller sub-appellations that all share the common ecology trait of weather affected by the cool fog and breezes of the Pacific Ocean.[2]


A Cabernet Sauvignon from the North Coast AVA.

The boundary of the North Coast AVA encompasses many smaller wine appellations, which generally have higher consumer appeal and therefore higher commercial value. Wine produced primarily from grapes grown in any one of these appellations will likely carry that appellation on its bottle label rather than the North Coast AVA designation. The North Coast AVA designation is primarily used on bottles of wine created by blending wines from several counties or American Viticultural Areas.


Because U.S. county names automatically qualify as legal appellations of origin for wine,[3] the following appellations do not require registration with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau:

Registered American Viticultural Areas (AVAs)[edit]

The following American Viticultural Areas are all entirely contained within the boundary of the North Coast AVA:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "§ 9.30 North Coast" (Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas). Code of Federal Regulations. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "North Coast (AVA): Appellation Profile". Appellation America. 2007. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  3. ^ "Title 27, Section 4.25(a)". Code of Federal Regulations.

Coordinates: 38°45′N 122°54′W / 38.75°N 122.9°W / 38.75; -122.9