Red Hills Lake County AVA

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Red Hills Lake County AVA
Wine region
Beringer vineyard in Kelseyville, within the Red Hills area
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established2004[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, North Coast AVA, Lake County, Clear Lake AVA
Other regions in California, North Coast AVA, Lake County, Clear Lake AVAHigh Valley AVA, Big Valley District-Lake County AVA, Kelsey Bench-Lake County AVA[2]
Climate regionIII
Soil conditionsVolcanic
Total area31,250 acres (126 km2)[3]
Size of planted vineyards3,000 acres (12 km2)[3]
Grapes producedBarbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel[3]
Varietals producedCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cinsault, Counoise, Syrah[4]
No. of wineriesSol Rouge, Cougar's Leap, Gregory Graham, and Fore Family

The Red Hills Lake County AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Lake County, California. The wine region lies along the southwestern shores of Clear Lake, separating Excelsior Valley to the east from Big Valley to the west. The hills lie at the foot of Mount Konocti, a volcano which last erupted 11,000 years ago, but which is still regarded as active.[5] The terrain is rolling hills with elevations between 1,400 feet (430 m) and 3,000 feet (910 m) above sea level. The Red Hills receive an average of 25 inches (64 cm) to 40 inches (102 cm) in rainfall each year.[3]


  1. ^ "§ 9.169 Red Hills Lake County" (Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas). Code of Federal Regulations. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  2. ^ "Lake County Appellations". Lake County Winegrape Growers. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Red Hills: Talking Points". Lake County Winegrape Commission. 2008. Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  4. ^ "Red Hills Lake County (AVA): Appellation Profile". Appellation America. Archived from the original on December 6, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  5. ^ "Clear Lake Volcanic Field". U.S. Geological Survey. U.S. Department of the Interior.