California approves new AVA

on 03/01/12 at 4:42 pm

Wine

The US government has approved a new American Viticultural Area in Napa Valley as Californian wines look set to break new sales records after a strong 2011.

The new Coombsville AVA was registered last week and becomes the 16thappellation in the county, comprising some 4,484 hectares split between roughly 40 wineries and growers.

The petition to the Federal Tobacco, Tax & Trade Bureau for AVA status used articles from the US wine press praising the region’s wines in an effort to show that it “has national name recognition because of its renown as a wine region in Napa Valley”.

The region lies east of the city of Napa and is bordered to the southwest by Los Carneros and Wild Horse Valley AVAs in the east and Green Valley to the southeast.

Tom Farella, owner of Farella Vineyard and co-author of the petition with fellow vintner Brad Kitson said: “It’s a great day for all of us that have been growing grapes in Coombsville for decades.

“Coombsville now has its proper place in the Napa Valley lexicon and on the appellation maps. Since the Coombsville name has been in use for so many years, having it placed among the great wine regions of the world feels a little like coming home.”

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