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Central Valley region


The Central Valley wine region in California stretches 300 miles starting east of the San Francisco Bay in the central California valley and extending south through the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, all the way to Bakersfield. One of the state’s most fertile growing regions, the Central Valley is tucked between California’s coastal mountain range and the Sierra Nevada and produces over 70% of the state’s wine grapes.

The area includes a number of AVAs (American Viticultural Area) including: Clarksburg, Diablo Grande, Dunnigan Hills, Lodi, Madera, Merritt Island, River Junction and Salado Creek. The region with its abundant sunshine and cool bay breezes is well known for producing outstanding Zinfandel, which especially flourishes in the Lodi AVA. On the levied islands of the Central Valley’s Sacramento Delta, Chenin Blanc thrives. Petite Sirah also is a successful grape variety of the Central Valley wine country.

For those who want to try the regions wine offerings you might try the Madera Wine Trail located near Fresno that offers a number of tasting rooms from various wineries we have featured in our monthly wine clubs.