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The South Coast AVA is an American Viticultural Area in the state of California that encompasses grape-growing regions in five counties of Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego. This large appellation includes a number of smaller sub-appellations that all share the common ecology trait of having warm weather moderated by cooling coastal influences from the Pacific Ocean.[2]

South Coast AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1985[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia
Sub-regionsRamona Valley AVA, San Pasqual Valley AVA, Temecula Valley AVA
Climate regionMediterranean
Size of planted vineyards3,000 acres (12 km2)[2]
Grapes producedCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Lenoir, Merlot, Montepulciano, Muscat Canelli, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot gris, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Symphony, Syrah, Tempranillo, Trebbiano, Viognier, Zinfandel[2]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.104 South Coast." 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. 4, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "South Coast (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.