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The Shenandoah Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia. The valley is bounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Appalachian and Allegheny Plateaus to the west. Most of the AVA is in Virginia, with a small portion in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Most of the vineyards in the AVA are located in Virginia and grow a wide variety of Vitis vinifera, Vitis labrusca, and French hybrid grapes.[2] The hardiness zone is mainly 6b except for some 7a closer to the mouth of the Shenandoah.

Shenandoah Valley AVA
Wine region
Shenandoah watershed.png
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1982, amended 1987[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofVirginia, West Virginia
Climate regionHumid subtropical/maritime/continental
Precipitation (annual average)33 inches (84 cm)[2]
Total area2,400,000 acres (971,246 ha)[3]
Grapes producedCabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Traminette, Viognier,[2] Norton, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

List of ProducersEdit

Wine producers in the AVA include: (from north to south) Veramar Vineyard,[4] James Charles Winery & Vineyard,[5] Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery,[6] Wicked Oak Farms & Vineyard,[7] Cedar Creek Winery,[8] North Mountain Vineyard & Winery,[9] Muse Vineyards,[10] Shenandoah Vineyards,[11] Wolf Gap Vineyard,[12] Cave Ridge Vineyard,[13] The Winery at Kindred Pointe,[14] DeMello Vineyards,[15] Old Hill Cidery,[16] Wisteria Farm & Vineyard,[17] CrossKeys Vineyards,[18] Bluestone Vineyard,[19] Barren Ridge Vineyards, Ox-Eye Vineyards,[20] Hunt's Vineyard,[21] Rockbridge Vineyard,[22] Jump Mountain Vineyard,[23] Lexington Valley Vineyard[24] and Blue Ridge Vineyard.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.60 Shenandoah 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 Feb. 1, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Shenandoah Valley (VA) (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 30, 2008.
  3. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
  4. ^ "Veramar Vineyard". veramar.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  5. ^ "James Charles Winery". jamescharleswine.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  6. ^ "Valerie Hill Winery". www.valeriehillwinery.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  7. ^ "Wicked Oak Farms & Vineyard". www.wickedoakfarms.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  8. ^ "Cedar Creek Winery LLC". www.cedarcreekvineyard.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  9. ^ "North Mountain Vineyard & Winery". www.northmountainvineyard.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  10. ^ "Muse Vineyards". www.musevineyards.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  11. ^ "Shenandoah Vineyards". www.shenandoahvineyardsva.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  12. ^ Willie, Wolf Gap. "Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery Home page". www.wolfgapvineyard.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  13. ^ "Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery". Cave Ridge Vineyard. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  14. ^ "Kindred Pointe". Kindred Pointe. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  15. ^ "De Mello Vineyards". De Mello Vineyards. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  16. ^ "Old Hill Hard Cider". Hard Cider Shenandoah Valley - Old Hill Hard Cider - Located in Timberville, VA. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  17. ^ "Wisteria Vineyard". www.wisteriavineyard.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  18. ^ "CrossKeys Vineyards". www.crosskeysvineyards.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  19. ^ "Bluestone Vineyard". Bluestone Vineyard. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  20. ^ "Ox-Eye Vineyards". Ox-Eye Vineyards. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  21. ^ "Hunt's Vineyard". Hunt's Vineyard. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  22. ^ "Rockbridge Vineyard". www.rockbridgevineyard.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  23. ^ "Jump Mountain Vineyard". www.virginiawine.org. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  24. ^ "Lexington Valley Vineyard". www.lexingtonvalleyvineyard.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  25. ^ "Blue Ridge Vineyard". www.blueridgevineyard.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.

Coordinates: 39°0′N 78°15′W / 39.000°N 78.250°W / 39.000; -78.250