Santa Ynez Valley AVA

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Santa Ynez Valley AVA
Wine region
Sunstone Vineyards
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1983[1]
Country United States
Part of California, Central Coast AVA
Sub-regions Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Ballard Canyon AVA, Los Olivos District AVA
Total area 42,880 acres (17,353 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Albarino, Arneis, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache, Grenache blanc, Lagrein, Malbec, Malvasia, Marsanne, Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli, Nebbiolo, Negrette, Petit Verdot, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Tempranillo, Tocai Friulano, Viognier, Zinfandel[3]

The Santa Ynez Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Santa Barbara County, California. It is part of the larger Central Coast AVA, and contains the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County. The valley is formed by the Purisima Hills and San Rafael Mountains to the north and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south. Chardonnay is the most planted grape variety in the cooler, western portion of the valley, and Rhône varieties are more successful in the east.[3]

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  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.54 Santa Ynez Valley." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 25, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Santa Ynez Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 25, 2008.