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]


  1. ^ ode of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.110 San Benito." 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. 24, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "San Benito (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.