Sonoita AVA

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Sonoita AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1984[1]
Country United States
Part of Arizona
Climate region Subtropical continental
Total area 208,000 acres (84,200 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malvasia, Merlot, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier, Zinfandel[3]

The Sonoita AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in southeast Arizona, south of the city of Tucson. The Sonoita area is a basin surrounded by three mountain ranges, the Huachuca Mountains, the Santa Rita Mountains, and the Whetstone Mountains. The vineyard plantings are 4,500 to 5,000 feet (1,400 to 1,500 m) above sea level, some of the highest in North America. The soil is alluvial fans of gravelly loam that retains scarce water well.[3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.97 Sonoita." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Sonoita (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 30, 2008.

Coordinates: 31°32′28″N 110°45′18″W / 31.5412403°N 110.7549942°W / 31.5412403; -110.7549942