Pacheco Pass AVA

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Pacheco Pass AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1984[1]
Country United States
Part of California, Central Coast AVA, San Francisco Bay AVA, Santa Clara Valley AVA
Total area 3,200 acres (1,295 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Black Muscat, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel[3]
No. of wineries 1[3]

The Pacheco Pass AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in the Santa Clara and San Benito counties of California, near Pacheco Pass. It is part of the larger San Francisco Bay AVA. The pass is a 15 miles (24 km) long corridor between the San Francisco Bay area to the west and the San Joaquin Valley to the east. State Route 152 passes through the center of the wine region. Pacheco Pass was granted AVA status in 1984 following a petition by the Zanger family, who continue to operate the only commercial winery in the appellation, Zanger Vineyards.[3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.88 Pacheco Pass." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Pacheco Pass (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.