Remote Manton Valley New California AVA
Manton Valley spans Tehama and Shasta Counties in the eastern foothills of Northern California. This region is very different than the Sierra Foothills AVA much to the south. Volcanic influence abound with Mt Lassen just to the east.
July 31, 2014
<!>August 1st, 2014 ushers in the new Manton Valley AVA to the United States system. This remote 9,800 acre AVA is found in a highly volcanic region of Northern California and features just a few wineries and 200 acres of existing vineyards.
Viticulture might have existed earlier in this region. Leland Stanford had established his vineyards in Tehama County in the mid 1800's around Vina, while choosing to build his university in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was the largest vineyard in North America at the time. Those vineyards are now gone, some small blocks certainly exist. yet Tehama County will become vested with an AVA of it's own in Manton Valley. Just 6 wineries and 200 acres of vines will anchor the new AVA.
The AVA is in the foothills of the Cascades here, with elevations running 2000 to 3500 feet. 28 different soils, mostly charactarized by gravelly loam and sandy loan can be found in the valley. Resulting from volcanic overlays on Chico and Red Bluff formations, which came from much earlier times when this part of Calfornia was under the ocean, they are well draining. Yields tend to be low as a result. The top Tuscan formation created a significant aquifer within the Battle Creek watershed which provide ample annual water.
Time will tell how the new AVA crafts itself but this is clearly a different place in the scheme of California.