San Benito AVA

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San Benito AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1987[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Central Coast AVA
Sub-regionsCienega Valley AVA, Lime Kiln Valley AVA, Paicines AVA
Total area45,000 acres (18,211 ha)[2]
Grapes producedBarbera, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Syrah, Tempranillo[3]

The San Benito AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in San Benito County, California. It is part of the larger Central Coast AVA. San Benito has a moderate climate with cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean arriving via gaps between the Gabilan Range and the Santa Lucia Mountains. The region was once the principal source of grapes for Almaden Vineyards before the business was acquired by Constellation Brands in 1984.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "§ 9.110 San Benito" (Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas). Code of Federal Regulations. Retrieved January 24, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "American Viticultural Areas by State". Wine Institute. 2008. Archived from the original on January 27, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "San Benito (AVA): Appellation Profile". Appellation America. 2007. Archived from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)