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Arroyo Grande Valley AVA

The Arroyo Grande Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in San Luis Obispo County, California. It is part of the larger Central Coast AVA, and the terrain is made of sedimentary and volcanic soils over a layer of bedrock known as the Franciscan Complex.[4] The 16 miles (26 km) long appellation benefits from its east-northeast orientation which allows the breeze from the Pacific Ocean to moderate the climate of the area. The valley is divided by a fog line produced by the cool coastal fogs where Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Rhône varietals are grown on the higher elevations near Lopez Lake and the cooler mid-valley vineyards being home to Chardonnay and Pinot noir.[3]

Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1990[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Central Coast AVA
Total area42,880 acres (17,353 ha)[2]
Grapes producedChardonnay, Counoise, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier, Zinfandel[3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.129 Arroyo Grande Valley." Archived January 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State" Archived 2008-01-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Arroyo Grande Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "Arroyo Grande Valley". CalWineries.