An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated appellation for American wine in the United States distinguishable by geographic, geologic, and climatic features, with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the United States Department of the Treasury.[1] As of August 2023, there are 269 recognized AVAs in 34 states[2]—several of which are shared by two or more states. Over half (149) of the AVAs are in California.

American Viticultural Areas range in size from the Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA at 29,900 square miles (77,000 km2) across four states, to the Cole Ranch AVA in Mendocino County, California, at only 62 acres (25 ha). The Augusta AVA near the town of Augusta, Missouri, was the first recognized AVA, gaining the status on June 20, 1980.[3]


See also: Arizona wine


See also: Arkansas wine


See also: California wine

General locations of California's wine regions.

Cascade Foothills

These AVAs are located in far northern California, east of Redding.

Central Coast and Santa Cruz Mountains

All of these AVAs are included in the geographic boundaries of the Central Coast AVA with the exceptions of Ben Lomond Mountain AVA and Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, which are surrounded by, but are specifically excluded from, the larger regional AVA.

Central Valley

Unlike other regions of California, there is no large regional AVA designation that includes the entire Central Valley wine growing region.

Klamath Mountains

These AVAs are located in the southern Klamath Mountains of far northwestern California.

North Coast

All of these AVAs are included within the geographic boundaries of the six-county North Coast AVA.

Sierra Foothills

All of these AVAs are contained entirely within the geographic boundaries of the Sierra Foothills AVA.

South Coast


See also: Colorado wine


See also: Connecticut wine


See also: Georgia (U.S. state) wine


See also: Hawaii wine


See also: Idaho wine


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See also: Louisiana wine


See also: Maryland wine


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The four American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in Michigan.

See also: Michigan wine


See also: Minnesota wine


See also: Mississippi wine


See also: Missouri wine

New Jersey

See also: New Jersey wine

New Mexico

See also: New Mexico wine

New York

See also: New York wine

North Carolina

See also: North Carolina wine


See also: Ohio wine


See also: Oklahoma wine


See also: Oregon wine

Oregon Viticultural Areas
Oregon map featuring 19 AVAs as of January 2019 courtesy of the Oregon Wine Board


See also: Pennsylvania wine

Rhode Island

See also: Rhode Island wine


See also: Tennessee wine


See also: Texas wine


See also: Virginia wine


See also: Washington wine

West Virginia

See also: West Virginia wine


See also: Wisconsin wine


  1. ^ "Wine Appellations of Origin". U.S. Department of the Treasury. Archived from the original on November 14, 2020. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "Established American Viticultural Areas". Tax and Trade Bureau. Retrieved August 29, 2023.
  3. ^ Code of Federal Regulations, 27 C.F.R §9.22 27 C.F.R §9.22
  4. ^ "Establishment of the Lamorinda Viticultural Area". Federal Register. February 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Swindell, Bill (February 24, 2015). "Fountaingrove becomes newest appellation in Sonoma County". Press-Democrat. Santa Rosa, California. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Petaluma Gap becomes new Sonoma County wine appellation". Press-Democrat. Santa Rosa, California. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Pending Petitions". Tax & Trade Bureau.
  8. ^ Ganchiff, Mark. "Wisconsin Ledge AVA approved". Midwest Wine Press. Retrieved April 7, 2012.