San Francisco Bay AVA

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San Francisco Bay AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1999, amended in 2006[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Central Coast AVA
Sub-regionsLivermore Valley AVA, Pacheco Pass AVA, San Ysidro District AVA, Santa Clara Valley AVA
Total area1,566,713 acres (634,026 ha)[2]
Grapes producedBarbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Pinot noir, Riesling, Syrah, Zinfandel[3]

The San Francisco Bay AVA is a large American Viticultural Area centered on the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. The AVA includes the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo as well as parts of Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. The AVA was created in 1999 and encompasses over 1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2). The AVA falls within the larger Central Coast AVA, four smaller designated AVAs are contained within it: Livermore Valley AVA, Pacheco Pass AVA, San Ysidro District AVA, and Santa Clara Valley AVA.[3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.157 San Francisco Bay." 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 Francisco Bay (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.