San Pasqual Valley AVA

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San Pasqual Valley AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1981[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, South Coast AVA
Climate regionMediterranean
Total area9,000 acres (3,642 ha)[2]
Grapes producedMerlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Viognier[3]

The San Pasqual Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area in northern San Diego County, California. It is located in the San Pasqual Valley of the Peninsular Ranges, in Southern California.

San Pasqual Valley was the fourth wine region to be designated an American Viticultural Area when the AVA was created in 1981. The AVA is encroached on by the cities of San Diego, Poway, and Escondido, resulting in relatively high land values but limited viticultural potential.[citation needed]


The AVA belongs to Region IV on the Winkler scale. The climate in this appellation is desert-like but tempered by cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean, with long growing seasons (average temperatures above 50 °F (10 °C) year-round), warm winters with nighttime lows rarely dipping below 35 °F (2 °C), and summers with daily highs rarely exceeding 95 °F (35 °C). With cooler evenings and granite-based soils that drain well, grapes from this area are able to retain their colors and balanced acidity.


The area is planted with a wide range of Vitis vinifera with Grenache, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo and Viognier being some of the most widely planted.[3] The AVA is defined roughly to include both coasts of San Dieguito River on the east side of I-15, between San Diego and Escondido, up to an elevation of 500 feet.

There is one commercial vineyard in this AVA, named the Orfila Winery.[4] The Ferrara Winery[5] and Cordiano Winery[6] are located in the San Pasqual Valley area, but they are both technically outside the boundaries of the AVA.


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.25 San Pasqual Valley." 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. 23, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "San Pasqual Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
  4. ^ the Orfila Winery Archived 2010-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Ferrara Winery
  6. ^ the Cordiano Winery