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Appellation Index

Country:  US Canada

Adelaida District (AVA)Monterey County (County Appellation)
Alabama (State Appellation)Monticello (AVA)
• Alaska (State Appellation)Moon Mountain District Sonoma County (AVA)
Alexander Valley (AVA)Mount Harlan (AVA)
Alexandria Lakes (AVA)Mount Veeder ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Alta Mesa ~ Lodi (AVA)Naches Heights (AVA)
Altus (AVA)Napa County (County Appellation)
Amador County (County Appellation)Napa Valley (AVA)
America (Country Appellation)Nebraska (State Appellation)
Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley (AVA)Nevada (State Appellation)
Anderson Valley (AVA)Nevada County (County Appellation)
Antelope Valley of the California High Desert (AVA)New Hampshire (State Appellation)
Applegate Valley (AVA)New Jersey (State Appellation)
Arizona (State Appellation)New Mexico (State Appellation)
Arkansas (State Appellation)New York (State Appellation)
Arkansas Mountain (AVA)• Niagara County (County Appellation)
Arroyo Grande Valley (AVA)Niagara Escarpment (NY) (AVA)
Arroyo Seco (AVA)North Carolina (State Appellation)
Atlas Peak ~ Napa Valley (AVA)North Coast (AVA)
Augusta (AVA)North Dakota (State Appellation)
Ballard Canyon (AVA)North Fork of Long Island (AVA)
Bell Mountain (AVA)North Fork of Roanoke (AVA)
Ben Lomond Mountain (AVA)North Yuba (AVA)
Benmore Valley (AVA)Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace (AVA)
Bennett Valley (AVA)Northern Sonoma (AVA)
Big Valley ~ Lake County (AVA)Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley (AVA)
Borden Ranch ~ Lodi (AVA)Oakville ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Calaveras County (County Appellation)Ohio (State Appellation)
California (State Appellation)Ohio River Valley (AVA)
Calistoga (AVA)Oklahoma (State Appellation)
Capay Valley (AVA)Old Mission Peninsula (AVA)
Carmel Valley (AVA)Orange County (County Appellation)
Carneros ~ Los Carneros (AVA)Oregon (State Appellation)
Catoctin (AVA)Outer Coastal Plain (AVA)
Cayuga Lake (AVA)Ozark Highlands (AVA)
Central Coast (AVA)Ozark Mountain (AVA)
• Central Delaware Valley (AVA)Pacheco Pass (AVA)
Chalk Hill (AVA)Paicines (AVA)
Chalone (AVA)Paso Robles (AVA)
Chehalem Mountains  (AVA)Paso Robles Estrella District (AVA)
Chiles Valley ~ Napa Valley (AVA)Paso Robles Willow Creek District (AVA)
Cienega Valley (AVA)Paso Robles Geneseo District  (AVA)
Clarksburg (AVA)Paso Robles Highlands District (AVA)
Clear Lake (AVA)Pennsylvania (State Appellation)
Clements Hills ~ Lodi (AVA)• Petaluma Gap (AVA)
Cole Ranch (AVA)Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak (AVA)
Colorado (State Appellation)Placer County (County Appellation)
Columbia Gorge (AVA)Polk County (County Appellation)
Columbia Valley (AVA)Potter Valley (AVA)
Connecticut (State Appellation)Puget Sound (AVA)
Contra Costa County (County Appellation)Ramona Valley (AVA)
Coombsville (AVA)Rattlesnake Hills (AVA)
Cosumnes River ~ Lodi (AVA)Red Hill Douglas County (AVA)
Covelo (AVA)Red Hills Lake County (AVA)
Creston District (AVA)Red Mountain (AVA)
Cucamonga Valley (AVA)Redwood Valley (AVA)
Cumberland Valley (AVA)Rhode Island (State Appellation)
Delaware (State Appellation)Ribbon Ridge (AVA)
Diablo Grande (AVA)• Rio Grande Valley (AVA)
Diamond Mountain District ~ Napa Valley (AVA)River Junction (AVA)
Dos Rios (AVA)Rockpile (AVA)
Dry Creek Valley (AVA)Rocky Knob (AVA)
Dundee Hills (AVA)Rogue Valley (AVA)
Dunnigan Hills (AVA)Russian River Valley (AVA)
Eagle Foothills (AVA)Rutherford ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Eagle Peak Mendocino County (AVA)Saddle Rock ~ Malibu (AVA)
Edna Valley (AVA)Salado Creek (AVA)
El Dorado (AVA)San Antonio Valley (AVA)
El Dorado County (County Appellation)San Benito (AVA)
El Pomar District (AVA)San Benito County (County Appellation)
Elkton Oregon (AVA)San Bernabe (AVA)
Eola~Amity Hills (AVA)• San Diego County (County Appellation)
Escondido Valley (AVA)San Francisco Bay (AVA)
Fair Play (AVA)San Joaquin County (County Appellation)
Fennville (AVA)San Juan Creek (AVA)
Fiddletown (AVA)San Lucas (AVA)
Finger Lakes (AVA)San Luis Obispo County (County Appellation)
Florida (State Appellation)San Miguel District (AVA)
Fort Ross Seaview (AVA)San Pasqual Valley (AVA)
Fountaingrove District (AVA)San Ysidro District (AVA)
Fredricksburg in the Texas Hill Country (AVA)Santa Barbara County (County Appellation)
Fresno County (County Appellation)Santa Clara County (County Appellation)
Georgia (State Appellation)Santa Clara Valley (AVA)
• Grand River Valley (AVA)Santa Cruz County (County Appellation)
Grand Valley (AVA)Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA)
Green Valley of Russian River Valley (AVA)Santa Lucia Highlands (AVA)
Guenoc Valley (AVA)Santa Margarita Ranch (AVA)
Hames Valley (AVA)Santa Maria Valley (AVA)
Hamptons Long Island (AVA)Santa Ynez Valley (AVA)
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara (AVA)Seiad Valley (AVA)
Haw River Valley (AVA)Seneca Lake (AVA)
Hawaii (State Appellation)Shawnee Hills (AVA)
Hermann (AVA)Shenandoah Valley (CA) (AVA)
High Valley (AVA)Shenandoah Valley (VA) (AVA)
Hood River County (County Appellation)Sierra Foothills (AVA)
Horse Heaven Hills (AVA)Sloughhouse ~ Lodi (AVA)
Howell Mountain ~ Napa Valley (AVA)Snake River Valley (AVA)
Hudson River Region (AVA)Snipes Mountain (AVA)
Humboldt County (County Appellation)Solano County (County Appellation)
Idaho (State Appellation)Solano County Green Valley (AVA)
Illinois (State Appellation)Sonoita (AVA)
Indiana (State Appellation)Sonoma Coast (AVA)
Indiana Uplands (AVA)Sonoma County (County Appellation)
• International (Country Appellation)Sonoma Mountain (AVA)
Iowa (State Appellation)Sonoma Valley (AVA)
Isle St. George (AVA)South Carolina (State Appellation)
Jahant ~ Lodi (AVA)South Coast (AVA)
• Jefferson County (County Appellation)South Dakota (State Appellation)
Kanawha River Valley (AVA)Southeastern New England (AVA)
Kansas (State Appellation)Southern Oregon (AVA)
Kelsey Bench ~ Lake County (AVA)Spring Mountain District ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Kentucky (State Appellation)• Squaw Valley - Miramonte (AVA)
Knights Valley (AVA)St. Helena ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Lake Chelan (AVA)Sta. Rita Hills (AVA)
Lake County (County Appellation)Stags Leap District ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Lake Erie (AVA)• Stanislaus County (County Appellation)
Lake Michigan Shore (AVA)Suisun Valley (AVA)
Lake Wisconsin (AVA)Swan Creek (AVA)
Lancaster Valley (AVA)Tehama County (Country Appellation)
Leelanau Peninsula (AVA)Temecula Valley (AVA)
Lehigh Valley (AVA)Templeton Gap District (AVA)
Leona Valley (AVA)Tennessee (State Appellation)
Lime Kiln (AVA)Texas (State Appellation)
Linganore (AVA)Texas Davis Mountains (AVA)
Livermore Valley (AVA)Texas High Plains (AVA)
Lodi (AVA)Texas Hill Country (AVA)
Long Island (AVA)Texoma (AVA)
Loramie Creek (AVA)The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater (AVA)
• Los Angeles County (County Appellation)Tracy Hills (AVA)
• Los Olivos District (AVA)• Trinity Lakes (AVA)
Louisiana (State Appellation)Umpqua Valley (AVA)
• Lubbock County (County Appellation)Upper Hiwassee Highlands (AVA)
• Lumpkin County (County Appellation)Upper Mississippi River Valley (AVA)
Madera (AVA)Utah (State Appellation)
Maine (State Appellation)Vermont (State Appellation)
Malibu Coast (AVA)Virginia (State Appellation)
Malibu Newton Canyon (AVA)Virginia's Eastern Shore (AVA)
Manton Valley (AVA)Wahluke Slope (AVA)
Marin County (County Appellation)Walla Walla Valley (AVA)
Mariposa County (County Appellation)Warren Hills (AVA)
Martha's Vineyard (AVA)Washington (State Appellation)
Maryland (State Appellation)• Washington County (County Appellation)
Massachusetts (State Appellation)Wayne County (County Appellation)
McDowell Valley (AVA)West Elks (AVA)
McMinnville (AVA)West Virginia (State Appellation)
Mendocino (AVA)Western Connecticut Highlands (AVA)
Mendocino County (County Appellation)Wild Horse Valley ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Mendocino Ridge (AVA)Willamette Valley (AVA)
Merritt Island (AVA)Willow Creek (AVA)
Mesilla Valley (AVA)Wisconsin (State Appellation)
Michigan (State Appellation)Wisconsin Ledge (AVA)
Middle Rio Grande Valley (AVA)• Wyoming (State Appellation)
Middleburg Virginia (AVA)Yadkin Valley (AVA)
Mimbres Valley (AVA)Yakima Valley (AVA)
Minnesota (State Appellation)Yamhill Carlton District (AVA)
Mississippi (State Appellation)Yamhill County (County Appellation)
Mississippi Delta (AVA)Yolo County (County Appellation)
Missouri (State Appellation)York Mountain (AVA)
Mokelumne River ~ Lodi (AVA)Yorkville Highlands (AVA)
Montana (State Appellation)Yountville ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Monterey (AVA)

 

Why Appellations

For the wine industry it's a matter of defining, understanding, and ultimately perfecting agricultural intervention in the ecological foundations of winegrowing. For consumers it's a matter of expanding consciousness about the meaningful geographical identity of North American wines.

Trends in Appellation Designations

Country, state & province and county names have long been the geographical nomenclature by which we identify wine. But these place names are really more about political culture than viticulture. While the comprehensive appellation index below still contains a number of such ecologically insensitive place names, progressive North American winegrowers have joined the world-wide movement toward a more precise ecological and environmental definition of the place characteristics of their winegrowing. As the French say, its all about terroir. Terroir-ism is a revolutionary force redrawing the vinological map of North America in terms of officially designated AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) in the United States, and DVAs (Designated Viticultural Areas) in Canada.

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