California Wine Regions

Over 80% of the wine made in the USA is grown and produced in California, making it the fourth-largest producer of wine in the world. Behind California are the countries Italy, France, and Spain. 

California wine country currently has 139 American Viticultural Areas or AVAs. 

Our rank of these AVA’s

  1. Napa Valley
  2. Sonoma County
  3. Central Coast 
  4. San Luis Obispo County 
  5. Santa Barbara County
  6. South Coast 
  7. Monterey County
  8. Sierra Foothills
  9. Lake County
  10. Mendocino County
  11. Central Valley

MENDOCINO COUNTY

AVAs to Know: 

  • Anderson Valley
  • Col Ranch 
  • McDowell Valley 
  • Mendocino Ridge
  • Potter Valley Redwood Valley 
  • Ukiah Valley 
  • Yorkville Highlands 
 

LAKE COUNTY

AVAs to Know: 

  • High Valley
  • Red Hills
  • Guenoc Valley
  • Big Valley
 

NAPA VALLEY

AVAs to Know: 

  • Howell Mountain
  • Diamond Mountain
  • Spring Mountain
  • St. Helena
  • Rutherford
  • Atlas Peak
  • Stags Leap
  • Yountville
  • Oak Knoll
  • Mt. Veeder
  • Coombsville
  • Wild Horse Valley
  • Los Carneros
  • Chiles Valley
 

SONOMA COUNTY

AVAs to Know: 

  • Alexander Valley 
  • Rockpile
  • Dry Creek Valley
  • Sonoma Coast
  • Chalk Hill
  • Russian River Valley
  • Green Valley
  • Sonoma Valley
  • Bennett Valley
  • Sonoma Mountain
  • Los Carneros
  • Knights Valley
 

SIERRA FOOTHILLS

AVAs to Know: 

  • El Dorado
  • Shenandoah Valley
  • Fairplay
  • Fiddletown
  • North Yuba
 

CENTRAL VALLEY

AVAs to Know: 

  • Lodi
 

CENTRAL COAST

SAN FRANCISCO BAY

AVAs to Know: 

  • Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Livermore Valley
  • Santa Clara Valley
 

MONTEREY COUNTY

AVAs to know:

  • Santa Lucia Highlands
  • Carmel Valley
  • Arroyo Seco
 

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

AVAs to Know: 

  • Paso Robles
  • York Mountain
  • Edna Valley
  • Arroyo Grande Valley
  • San Luis Obispo 
 

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

AVAs to Know: 

  • Santa Maria Valley
  • Santa Ynez Valley
  • Sta. Rita Hills
 

SOUTH COAST

AVA to Know: 

  • Temecula