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At a glance…

Sub AVAs:  28
Location:  Portions of Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties
Climate:  Although days in most areas of the North Coast AVA are warm or even hot during the growing season, the region is close enough to the Pacific Ocean that it experiences cool evenings creating an ideal environment to grow Bordeaux style grapes, the first varieties to gain serious credibility in the global wine industry.
Comments:  The North Coast AVA reads like a who's who of California wine regions and contains arguably, the most well known wine region in the New World, Napa Valley.  In California, most estimates put Napa Valley second only to Disneyland as a tourist destination.   It also contains the two wineries that won the 1976 Paris wine tasting, Chateau Montelena and Stags Leap Wine Cellars, which accidentally became the single most significant single event to influence the global wine industry in the last 50 years.

Sub AVAs

Sub AVAs Containing Micro AVAs

Alexander Valley AVA
     Location:  Portions of Sonoma County

Anderson Valley AVA
     Location:  Southern Mendocino County

Benmore Valley AVA
     Location:  Southwestern Lake County

Bennett Valley AVA
     Location:  Sonoma county; partially contained in Sonoma Valley AVA, Sonoma Coast AVA and Sonoma Mountain AVA

Chalk Hill AVA
     Location:  Portions of Sonoma County

Clear Lake AVA
     Location:  Surrounding Clear Lake in Lake County

Covelo AVA
     Location:  Northern Mendocino County

Dos Rios AVA
     Location:  Northern Mendocino County

Dry Creek Valley AVA
     Location:  Western Sonoma County

Green Valley of the Russian River AVA
     Location:  Central Sonoma County

Guenoc Valley AVA
     Location:  Southern Lake County

High Valley AVA
     Location:  Eastern Lake County

Knights Valley AVA
     Location:  Eastern Sonoma County

McDowell Valley AVA
     Location:  South Eastern Mendocino County

Mendocino AVA
     Location:  Mendocino County

Mendocino Ridge AVA
     Location:  Western Mendocino County

Napa Valley AVA
     Location:  Northern Napa County, Napa Valley and hills directly bordering Napa Valley

Northern Sonoma AV
     Location:  Sonoma County

Potter Valley AVA
     Location:  Northern Mendocino County

Red Hills Lake County AVA
     Location:  Lake County near Southwest shore of Clear Lake

Rockpile AVA
     Location:  Northern Sonoma County

Russian River Valley AVA
     Location:  Central Sonoma County

Sonoma Coast AVA
     Location:  Western Sonoma County

Sonoma Mountain AVA
     Location:  Northern Sonoma County

Sonoma Valley AVA
     Location:  Central Sonoma County

Suisun Valley
     Location:  South East Solano County

Wild Horse Valley AVA
     Location:  Western Napa County

Yorkville Highlands
     Location:  Southern Mendocino County

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Mendocino AVAContains Cole Ranch AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Atlas Peak AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Yountville AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Wild Horse Valley AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Stags Leap District AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains St. Helena AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Spring Mountain District AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Rutherford AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Oakville AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Calistoga AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Carneros AVA (AKA Los Carneros) - Partially in Sonoma

Napa Valley AVAContains Chiles Valley AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Diamond Mountain District AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Howell Mountain AVA

Napa Valley AVAContains Mt. Veeder AVA

Napa Vallley AVAContains Coombsville AVA

Sonoma CoastContains Petaluma Gap

Sonoma Valley AVAContains Moon Mountain AVA

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