Swan Creek AVA
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Part of||Yadkin Valley AVA|
|Total area||180 square miles (470 km2)|
|Varietals produced||Chambourcin, Petit Verdot, Traminette, Viognier, Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Vermentino|
|No. of wineries||7|
The Swan Creek AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in the northwestern portion of North Carolina, in the Piedmont region. The appellation is distinguished by its loamy soil with schist and mica. It is the second AVA to be established in North Carolina, as a sub-appellation of the Yadkin Valley AVA.
The AVA shares its name with the unincorporated township of Swan Creek, North Carolina.
Geography and Climate
The Swan Creek AVA has a slightly cooler climate than the rest of the Yadkin Valley AVA—average annual maximum temperatures are 0.6 °F degrees lower than in Yadkin, and average annual minimums are a full 2 °F lower. Rainfall ranges from approximately 44.4 inches (113 cm) to 57 inches (140 cm), with an additional average of 6.3 inches (16 cm) of snow per year, much less than surrounding areas.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.211 Swan Creek." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
- "Swan Creek Appellation". North Carolina Winegrowers Association. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "North Carolina Wine Trail – Buck Shoals, Raffaldini, McRitchie, and Grassy Creek". The Wandering Gourmand. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "The Vineyards of Swan Creek in the Yadkin Valley". The Vineyards of Swan Creek Association. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Proposed Establishment of the Swan Creek Viticultural Area". Federal Register 71 (176): 53612–53616. 12 September 2006. Retrieved 24 June 2011.