Sonoma Coast Appellation

Feb. 18, 2011


This “umbrella” AVA comprises more than half a million acres, stretching from San Pablo Bay on the south to the Mendocino County border on the north. Cold-climate, estate-bottled producers widely scattered across this area have roughly 7,000 acres planted to vineyards. Cool temperatures and relatively high rainfall characterize the area’s weather and lead to slow grape maturation.

Soils of the Sonoma Coast are rocky and well-drained. Varietals that that have been developed for cool climates thrive here, such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio.

Petitions are being submitted for sub-AVAs within this large region. The Fort Ross-Seaview AVA may be the first to gain approval.

On Dec. 14, 2011, the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved the proposal for a Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. It became effective on Jan. 13, 2012.

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