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Appellation List Index

Country:  US Canada

Adelaida District (AVA)Monticello (AVA)
Alabama (State Appellation)Moon Mountain District Sonoma County (AVA)
• Alaska (State Appellation)Mount Harlan (AVA)
Alexander Valley (AVA)Mount Veeder ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Alexandria Lakes (AVA)Naches Heights (AVA)
Alta Mesa ~ Lodi (AVA)Napa County (County Appellation)
Altus (AVA)Napa Valley (AVA)
Amador County (County Appellation)Nebraska (State Appellation)
America (Country Appellation)Nevada (State Appellation)
Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley (AVA)Nevada County (County Appellation)
Anderson Valley (AVA)New Hampshire (State Appellation)
Antelope Valley of the California High Desert (AVA)New Jersey (State Appellation)
Applegate Valley (AVA)New Mexico (State Appellation)
Arizona (State Appellation)New York (State Appellation)
Arkansas (State Appellation)• Niagara County (County Appellation)
Arkansas Mountain (AVA)Niagara Escarpment (NY) (AVA)
Arroyo Grande Valley (AVA)North Carolina (State Appellation)
Arroyo Seco (AVA)North Coast (AVA)
Atlas Peak ~ Napa Valley (AVA)North Dakota (State Appellation)
Augusta (AVA)North Fork of Long Island (AVA)
Ballard Canyon (AVA)North Fork of Roanoke (AVA)
Bell Mountain (AVA)North Yuba (AVA)
Ben Lomond Mountain (AVA)Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace (AVA)
Benmore Valley (AVA)Northern Sonoma (AVA)
Bennett Valley (AVA)Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley (AVA)
Big Valley ~ Lake County (AVA)Oakville ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Borden Ranch ~ Lodi (AVA)Ohio (State Appellation)
Calaveras County (County Appellation)Ohio River Valley (AVA)
California (State Appellation)Oklahoma (State Appellation)
Calistoga (AVA)Old Mission Peninsula (AVA)
Capay Valley (AVA)Orange County (County Appellation)
Carmel Valley (AVA)Oregon (State Appellation)
Carneros ~ Los Carneros (AVA)Outer Coastal Plain (AVA)
Catoctin (AVA)Ozark Highlands (AVA)
Cayuga Lake (AVA)Ozark Mountain (AVA)
Central Coast (AVA)Pacheco Pass (AVA)
• Central Delaware Valley (AVA)Paicines (AVA)
Chalk Hill (AVA)Paso Robles (AVA)
Chalone (AVA)Paso Robles Estrella District (AVA)
Chehalem Mountains  (AVA)Paso Robles Willow Creek District (AVA)
Chiles Valley ~ Napa Valley (AVA)Paso Robles Geneseo District  (AVA)
Cienega Valley (AVA)Paso Robles Highlands District (AVA)
Clarksburg (AVA)Pennsylvania (State Appellation)
Clear Lake (AVA)• Petaluma Gap (AVA)
Clements Hills ~ Lodi (AVA)Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak (AVA)
Cole Ranch (AVA)Placer County (County Appellation)
Colorado (State Appellation)Polk County (County Appellation)
Columbia Gorge (AVA)Potter Valley (AVA)
Columbia Valley (AVA)Puget Sound (AVA)
Connecticut (State Appellation)Ramona Valley (AVA)
Contra Costa County (County Appellation)Rattlesnake Hills (AVA)
Coombsville (AVA)Red Hill Douglas County (AVA)
Cosumnes River ~ Lodi (AVA)Red Hills Lake County (AVA)
Covelo (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 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)
Louisiana (State Appellation)• Trinity Lakes (AVA)
• Lubbock County (County Appellation)Umpqua Valley (AVA)
• Lumpkin County (County Appellation)Upper Hiwassee Highlands (AVA)
Madera (AVA)Upper Mississippi River Valley (AVA)
Maine (State Appellation)Utah (State Appellation)
Malibu Coast (AVA)Vermont (State Appellation)
Malibu Newton Canyon (AVA)Virginia (State Appellation)
Manton Valley (AVA)Virginia's Eastern Shore (AVA)
Marin County (County Appellation)Wahluke Slope (AVA)
Mariposa County (County Appellation)Walla Walla Valley (AVA)
Martha's Vineyard (AVA)Warren Hills (AVA)
Maryland (State Appellation)Washington (State Appellation)
Massachusetts (State Appellation)• Washington County (County Appellation)
McDowell Valley (AVA)Wayne County (County Appellation)
McMinnville (AVA)West Elks (AVA)
Mendocino (AVA)West Virginia (State Appellation)
Mendocino County (County Appellation)Western Connecticut Highlands (AVA)
Mendocino Ridge (AVA)Wild Horse Valley ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Merritt Island (AVA)Willamette Valley (AVA)
Mesilla Valley (AVA)Willow Creek (AVA)
Michigan (State Appellation)Wisconsin (State Appellation)
Middle Rio Grande Valley (AVA)Wisconsin Ledge (AVA)
Middleburg Virginia (AVA)• Wyoming (State Appellation)
Mimbres Valley (AVA)Yadkin Valley (AVA)
Minnesota (State Appellation)Yakima Valley (AVA)
Mississippi (State Appellation)Yamhill Carlton District (AVA)
Mississippi Delta (AVA)Yamhill County (County Appellation)
Missouri (State Appellation)Yolo County (County Appellation)
Mokelumne River ~ Lodi (AVA)York Mountain (AVA)
Montana (State Appellation)Yorkville Highlands (AVA)
Monterey (AVA)Yountville ~ Napa Valley (AVA)
Monterey County (County 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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