California AVA's

California is by far the biggest and most important wine producing region in the United States. AVA’s are difficult at best to categorize, but they can generally be broken up into a series of groups starting with the North Coast which contains the areas further north than San Francisco and continues throughout the entire state until you find the South Coast AVA which includes areas known more for celebrities then wine, such as Malibu.

California is by far the biggest and most important wine producing region in the United States. AVA’s are difficult at best to categorize, but they can generally be broken up into a series of groups starting with the North Coast which contains the areas further north than San Francisco and continues throughout the entire state until you find the South Coast AVA which includes areas known more for celebrities then wine, such as Malibu.

Central Coast & Santa Cruz Mountain AVA’s: Although not the most well known groups of AVA’s in the state, some of the best wine around is found in these areas. Paso Robles has recently burst onto the wine scene with some of the best Rhone varietals in the world, while Santa Barbara contributes not only a great wine movie (Sideways) but some of the best cool weather sites in the world in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills.

Central Valley: Not known for it’s fine wine production, the California Central Valley relies on its high temperatures and abundant irrigation to produce the largest quantities of wine in the state. Much of the wine labeled as simply “California” comes from this part of the state.

  • Alta Mesa
  • Borden Ranch
  • Capay Valley
  • Clarksburg
  • Clements Hills
  • Cosumnes River
  • Diablo Grande
  • Dunnigan Hills
  • Jahant
  • Lodi
  • Madera
  • Merritt Island
  • Mokelumne Valley
  • River Junction
  • Salado Creek
  • Sloughouse
  • Tracy Hills

Klamath Mountains AVA’s

North Coast AVA’s: This is the most important group of AVA’s in the state, including Napa and Sonoma.

  • Alexander Valley
  • Anderson Valley
  • Atlas Peak
  • Bennett Valley
  • Benmore Valley
  • Calistoga
  • Chalk Hill
  • Chiles Valley
  • Clear Lake
  • Cole Ranch
  • Covelo
  • Diamond Mountain District
  • Dos Rios
  • Dry Creek Valley
  • Green Valley
  • Guenoc Valley
  • High Valley
  • Howell Mountain
  • Knights Valley
  • Los Carneros
  • McDowell Valley
  • Mendocino
  • Mendocino Ridge
  • Mt Veeder
  • Napa Valley
  • North Coast
  • Northern Sonoma
  • Oak Knoll
  • Oakville
  • Potter Valley
  • Red Hills Lake Country
  • Redwood Valley
  • Rockpile
  • Russian River Valley
  • Rutherford
  • Solano County Green Vly
  • Sonoma Coast
  • Sonoma Mountain
  • Sonoma Valley
  • Spring Mountain District
  • St. Helena
  • Stags Leap District
  • Suisun Valley
  • Wild Horse Valley
  • Yorkville Highlands
  • Yountville