Grand Valley AVA
Colorado River running through the Grand Valley
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Total area||32,000 acres (12,950 ha)|
|Grapes produced||Black Muscat, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cinsault, Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat Ottonel, Orange Muscat, Pinot gris, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Viognier|
The Grand Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Mesa County, Colorado, east of the city of Grand Junction. The AVA includes the agricultural area around the Grand Valley of the Colorado River. Viticulture began in the area in the late 19th century. State Governor George A. Crawford planted a 60 acres (24 ha) vineyard in the Grand Valley in 1890. Approximately 75% of all wineries in the state of Colorado are located in the Grand Valley AVA. Vineyards in the valley are planted at elevations as high as 4,700 feet (1,400 m) above sea level. The valley has consistent breezes that provide good air drainage, reducing the risk of frost. During the growing season, the valley has hot and dry days with lots of sunshine. Winters are mild.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.137 Grand Valley." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
- Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
- Appellation America (2007). "Grand Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
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