Sonoma Coast AVA

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Sonoma Coast AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1987[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, North Coast AVA, Sonoma County
Sub-regionsChalk Hill AVA, Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA, Los Carneros AVA, Northern Sonoma AVA, Russian River Valley AVA, Sonoma Valley AVA
Total area500,000 acres (2,000 km2)[2]
Grapes producedCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Marsanne, Merlot, Pinot gris, Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir, Pinotage, Roussanne, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Viognier, Zinfandel[2]

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Sonoma County, California, United States containing more than 500,000 acres (2,000 km2), mostly along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. It extends from San Pablo Bay to the border with Mendocino County. The appellation is known for its cool climate and high rainfall relative to other parts of Sonoma County. The area has such a broad range of microclimates that petitions have been made to the United States Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for the creation of sub-AVAs such as the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA [2] which was approved in December 2011.


The boundaries of the appellation are defined in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 27, Section 9.116.[1] The following seven cities are located in, or partly in, the Sonoma Coast AVA:

The Petaluma Gap is also part of the Sonoma Coast AVA.


Loos Family Winery sources grapes from Bohemian Vineyard and other small vineyards in Russian River Valley

E & J Gallo Winery operates Two Rock Vineyard, a 400-acre (1.6 km2) hillside vineyard near Cotati.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.116 Sonoma Coast." Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Appellation America (2008). "Sonoma Coast (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.
  3. ^ "The Falcon and the Farmer". Retrieved 2007-12-05.

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Coordinates: 38°24′N 123°00′W / 38.4°N 123°W / 38.4; -123