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Appellation Index

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


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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