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Four New AVAs Approved in California

on 28/10/13 at 2:58 pm


wine_regionsLG_MapThe final rulings on four new California AVAs, which were delayed by the US government shutdown, have now been approved.

The final rulings on four new California AVAs, and a small boundary change to a fifth appellation, were intended to be published on 2 October but the government shutdown prevented that happening on time. Now, with employees back at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, we have final approval of the following:

Four new California AVAs will take effect on 1 November: Ballard Canyon, Moon Mountain District Sonoma Valley, Big Valley-Lake County, and Kelsey Bench-Lake County. The organisation also makes a change to the boundaries of the Red Hills Lake County AVA.

Three of the changes take effect within the existing Clear Lake viticultural area which itself falls in the larger North Coast AVA.