Top 10 US AVA’s

StateAVAClimatePrimary Varietal
California (84.39%)

(*Note: with 139 AVAs, DOMSOM will highlight only the top 20 wine producing AVAs. See below for full list of AVAs)
Central Coast
Monterey CountyCoolPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
ModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot
San Benito CountyModerateChardonnay, Pinot Noir
Paso Robles Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
Central Valley
Central Valley (California)WarmNearly all varietals – more than 75% of California grapes come from this AVA
LodiModerateZinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
North Coast
Lake CountyWarmCabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc
Mendocino CountyCoolPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer
WarmCabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel
Anderson ValleyCoolPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer
ModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel
Sierra Foothills
Sierra FoothillsWarmZinfandel, Syrah, Barabera
South Coast
Malibu CoastModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah
San Diego CountyModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel
Temecula ValleyWarmTempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese
Washington (5.053%)  Ancient LakesCoolRiesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris
Columbia GorgeCoolGewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling
ModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Barbera
Columbia ValleyCoolChardonnay, Riesling
ModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot
Horse Heaven HillsCoolRiesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
ModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah
Lake ChelanModerateSyrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer
Naches HeightsCoolRiesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer
Puget SoundCoolPinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Muller-Thurgau
Rattlesnake HillsModerateMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling, Malbec
Red MountainModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot
Snipes MountainModerateSyrah, Grenache, Viogner, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer
Spokane CountyWarmMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Wahluke SlopeWarmCabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Walla Walla ValleyModerateChardonnay, Gewurztraminer
WarmSyrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Yakima ValleyCoolRiesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc
ModerateMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
New York (3.468%)  Finger LakesCoolRiesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Concord, Niagara, Vidal
Hudson River RegionCoolRieling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Concord, Delaware, Niagara, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Baco Noir
Lake ErieModerateConcord, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Long IslandModerateCabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Niagara CountyCoolRiesling, Pinot Noir, Niagara, Concord, Vidal
Niagara EscarpmentCoolRiesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Niagara, Concord
Pennsylvania (1.538%)  Central Delaware ValleyCoolChardonnay, Riesling
ModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Delaware
Cumberland ValleyCoolChardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Vidal Blanc, Niagara
Lake ErieCoolRiesling, Cabernet Franc
Lancaster ValleyCoolChardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chamborcin, Delaware, Seyval Blanc
ModerateSauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Lehigh ValleyCoolChardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chamborcin, Delaware, Seyval Blanc
ModerateSauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Oregon (1.466%)  Columbia GorgeCool  Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurtztraminer, Gruner Veltliner
ModerateZinfandel, Sangiovese
Columbia ValleyCoolChardonnay, Riesling
ModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Southern OregonCoolPinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling
ModeratePinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo
Willamette ValleyCoolPinot Noir (Sub-AVAs: Dundee Hills, McMinnville, Eola-Amity Hills, Yamhill-Carlton District, Chehelem Mountains, Ribbon Ridge, Van Duzer Corridor)
Ohio (0.736%)  Grand River ValleyCoolRiesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin
Isle St. GeorgeCoolRiesling, Chardonnay  
ModerateConcord, Delaware, Catawba
Lake ErieCoolRiesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris
ModerateCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Concord, Niagara
Loramie CreekModerateBaco Noir
Ohio River ValleyCoolChardonnay, Riesling
ModerateCabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir, Seyval Blanc
Michigan (0.319%)  FennvilleCoolRiesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
Leelanau PeninsulaCoolRiesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
ModerateMerlot, Chambourcin
Lake Michigan ShoreCoolRiesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
ModerateChambourcin, Concord
Old Mission PeninsulaCoolRiesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir
Tip of the MittCoolPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Frontenac, Marquette, La Crescent
Kentucky (0.270%)  Ohio River ValleyModerateCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, Catawba, Concord, Niagara, Vidal Blanc
Vermont (0.269%)VermontCoolRiesling, Frontenac, Seyval Blanc, La Crescent
Virginia (0.268%)  North Fork of Roanoke Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Norton
The Rocky Knob Seyval Blanc
Monticello   Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
George Washington BirthplaceModerateCabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc and Chambourcin
Eastern ShoreModerateCabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot
Peninsula  ModerateTannat, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Norton, Viogner, Albarino, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Middleburg Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc
Shenandoah Valley   Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling