River Junction AVA

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River Junction AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established2001[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia
Total area9,000 acres (3,642 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards6,750 acres (2,732 ha)[2]
Grapes producedChardonnay[2]
No. of wineries1[2]

The River Junction AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in both San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County, California. West of the city of Modesto, the wine region is located at the confluence of the San Joaquin River and the Stanislaus River. The AVA was created as a result of a petition by McManis Family Vineyards, the only commercial winery in the appellation. River Junction AVA is cooler than surrounding areas of the Central Valley, and is the only place in the valley where high concentrations of fine sandy loam are to be found. 90% of the vineyard land planted in the AVA is in Chardonnay grapes.[2]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.164 River Junction." Archived 2008-09-28 at the Wayback Machine Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 28, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Appellation America (2007). "River Junction (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 28, 2008.