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The Malibu-Newton Canyon Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Los Angeles County, California. The boundaries of the AVA include Newton Canyon, located about 4 miles (6 km) from the Pacific Ocean within the city limits of Malibu. George Rosenthal planted the first vineyards planted in the area since Prohibition in 1987, and was successful in his petition for the creation of the AVA in 1996. The canyon varies in elevation from 1,400 feet (427 m) to 2,800 feet (853 m) above sea level. Coastal fog and wind can influence the microclimate of the canyon, providing a cooler climate than the surrounding areas.[3]

Malibu-Newton Canyon AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1996[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, South Coast AVA
Climate regionMediterranean
Total area850 acres (344 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards28 acres (11 ha)[3]
Grapes producedCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Orange Muscat [3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.152 Malibu-Newton Canyon." Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 23, 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 c Appellation America (2007). "Malibu Newton Canyon (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.