What is an AVA?

An AVA is a geographical indication. It stands for American Viticultural Area and is the US equivalent of an appellation in France.

Unlike the French system, there are no regulations over grape varieties or yields. It is a defined area of production and the only restriction is that 85% of the grapes labelled with an AVA must come from that region.


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