Virginia's Eastern Shore AVA

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Virginia's Eastern Shore AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1991[1]
Country United States
Part of Virginia
Climate region Humid subtropical
Size of planted vineyards 70 acres (28 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Chardonnay, Merlot[2]

The Virginia's Eastern Shore AVA is an American Viticultural Area that includes a 70 miles (113 km) length of Virginia's Eastern Shore and consists of the counties of Accomack and Northampton.[1] The topography in this AVA is mostly level and ranges from sea level to 50 feet (15 m) above sea level. The area is located on the southern end of the Delmarva Peninsula. The weather in the area is characterized by temperate summers and winters, significantly affected by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The soil is sandy and deep.[2]

As of 2014, Virginia Wine lists 2 commercial wineries in this AVA, Bloxom Vineyard and Chatham Vineyard on Church Creek. Between them, they produce dry and sweet and red and white wines.

The hardiness zone is 8a.


  1. ^ a b Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.135 Virginia's Eastern Shore." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 30, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Virginia's Eastern Shore (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 31, 2008.

Coordinates: 37°29′24″N 75°53′53″W / 37.49°N 75.898°W / 37.49; -75.898