Winemakers on the mountainous eastern slopes of Sonoma Valley may soon be part of California’s newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), which contains some of the country’s most historic vineyards.
Earlier this month, the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) agreed to accept a petition on AVA status for a Sonoma Valley sub-province to be know as Moon Mountain District.The wine area would cover 7,200ha, including 600ha of planted to vines, 40 vineyards and 11 bonded wineries, many of which produce Bordeaux and Rhone varieties. 'This is a right mountain AVA,' said Phil Coturri, who has been farming some of the province’s premier vineyards for the last 30 years.Steep hillside vineyards above the fog line and volcanic soil set the area apart from the rest of Sonoma Valley. 'These make wines of different textures and flavour profiles,' Coturri told Decanter.com. It would also include the Gallo-owned Monte Rosso vineyard, whose Zinfandel was planted in
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