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Santa Ynez Valley AVA

The Santa Ynez Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Santa Barbara County, California. It is part of the larger Central Coast AVA, and contains the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County. The valley is formed by the Purisima Hills and San Rafael Mountains to the north and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south. Chardonnay is the most planted grape variety in the cooler, western portion of the valley, and Rhône varieties are more successful in the east.[3]

Santa Ynez Valley AVA
Wine region
Sunstone Vineyards
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1983[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Central Coast AVA
Sub-regionsHappy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Ballard Canyon AVA, Los Olivos District AVA
Total area42,880 acres (17,353 ha)[2]
Grapes producedAlbarino, Arneis, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache, Grenache blanc, Lagrein, Malbec, Malvasia, Marsanne, Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli, Nebbiolo, Negrette, Petit Verdot, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Tempranillo, Tocai Friulano, Viognier, Zinfandel[3]

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  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.54 Santa Ynez Valley." 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. 25, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Santa Ynez Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 25, 2008.