Carmel Valley AVA

The Carmel Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Monterey County, California, east of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The AVA is home to a number of wineries and vineyards, as well as the town of Carmel Valley Village. Wineries with tasting rooms in Carmel Valley include Bernardus, Boëté, Boekenoogen, Chateau Sinnet, Folktale Winery and Vineyards, Galante, Georis, Joyce Vineyards, Heller Estate, Holman Ranch, Joullian Vineyards, Parsonage, San Saba and Talbott.[4] A public bus, called the Grapevine Express Route 24 and run by Monterey-Salinas Transit, stops at most of these tasting rooms.[5]

Carmel Valley AVA
Wine region
Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo located on Rio Road off of Highway 1 at the mouth of Carmel Valley, California
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1982[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Central Coast AVA
Total area19,200 acres (7,770 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards300 acres (121 ha)[3]
Grapes producedAleatico, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Zinfandel[3]

County Route G16 runs through the valley, and the Carmel River flows down the valley. The vineyards in the region are mostly located at 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level or higher, where coastal fog and wind play are less common.[3]

See also


  1. Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.58 Carmel 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 January 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
  3. Appellation America (2007). "Carmel Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
  4. Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce: Wineries and Tasting Rooms Archived May 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. Monterey-Salinas Transit: Schedules Archived October 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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