The Malibu shores outside Los Angeles has become California's newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), which winemakers hope will raise the province’s profile.
Officially named Malibu Coast AVA, the sub-province will stretch northbound along the Pacific Coast Highway for approximately 46 miles and inland to the Santa Monica Mountains for about eight miles. Malibu currently has 198 acres of vines in production and over 50 grape growers and wineries.Elliot Dolin, proprietor of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards, helped initiate the classification administer and was delighted to see it approved. ‘In Malibu we’ve proven we can produce high-quality, award-winning wines,’ Dolin told Decanter.com. ‘With the AVA designation, we hope it will inspire a curiosity amongst consumers to explore our wines, and a commitment from producers to continue to increase.’Despite the low profile until now, the first documented vineyard in the Malibu area was planted in the 1820s, which is venerable for California. The first modern operation, The Malibu Vineyard,
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