Sierra Pelona Valley AVA

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Sierra Pelona Valley AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 2010[1]
Years of wine industry 1995-present[2]
Country United States
Part of California
Sub-regions Sierra Pelona Mountains, Los Angeles County
Climate region Arid
Total area 9.7 square miles (25 km2)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 96 acres (39 ha)[2]
No. of wineries 1[3]

The Sierra Pelona Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area in a valley of the Sierra Pelona Mountains, located in northwestern Los Angeles County, California.

The valley is a part of the High Desert region on the southwestern edge of the Antelope Valley and Mojave Desert. The AVA is northwest of Metropolitan Los Angeles in Southern California.

Geography and Climate[edit]

The Sierra Pelona Valley features a diurnal temperature variation of 40 to 50 °F, and annual rainfall of less than 12 inches (30 cm), most of which is concentrated in the winter. Additionally, air movement along the valley helps to reduce the risk of frost, leaf fungus, and insect pests.[2]

The soil is primarily alluvial, well-drained, and up to 60 inches (150 cm) deep. The appellation's altitude ranges from 2,400 feet (730 m) to 3,400 feet (1,000 m) above sea level.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§9.218 Sierra Pelona Valley." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Establishment of the Sierra Pelona Valley Viticultural Area". Federal Register: 42601–42605. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Robertson, Timothy (20 September 2010). "Antelope Valley AVA?". Sommelier Says. Retrieved 7 July 2011.