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Appellation Index

Country:  US Canada

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)
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)
Lewis ~ Clark Valley (AVA)Texas (State Appellation)
Lime Kiln (AVA)Texas Davis Mountains (AVA)
Linganore (AVA)Texas High Plains (AVA)
Livermore Valley (AVA)Texas Hill Country (AVA)
Lodi (AVA)Texoma (AVA)
Long Island (AVA)The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater (AVA)
Loramie Creek (AVA)Tracy Hills (AVA)
• Los Angeles County (County Appellation)• Trinity Lakes (AVA)
• Los Olivos District (AVA)Umpqua Valley (AVA)
Louisiana (State Appellation)Upper Hiwassee Highlands (AVA)
• Lubbock County (County Appellation)Upper Mississippi River Valley (AVA)
• Lumpkin County (County Appellation)Utah (State Appellation)
Madera (AVA)Vermont (State Appellation)
Maine (State Appellation)Virginia (State Appellation)
Malibu Coast (AVA)Virginia's Eastern Shore (AVA)
Malibu Newton Canyon (AVA)Vn Duzier Corridor (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)

 

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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