Benmore Valley AVA

Benmore Valley AVA - Lake County
Located in southwestern Lake County, the Benmore Valley AVA is within a mountaintop valley that is much cooler than surrounding areas. Named for a 19th century cattle rustler, the Benmore Valley was established as an AVA in November 1991.

Elevation 2,400-2,700 feet
Soils The appellation contains mostly alluvial (Manzanita loam) soils.
Acreage 1,440 acres
Climate Significantly cooler than neighboring areas with little coastal influence and no fog. The region is the recipient of an annual average of 40-50 inches of rain.
Varietals While Chardonnay was the grape of choice when the appellation was formed, Benmore Valley is not currently planted with vineyards.

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Post-Harvest Grape Grower Tailgate 9:00 am
Post-Harvest Grape Grower Tailgate @ Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in Big Valley
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Topics include: • Vine Hardening and Fall Freeze Preparation  • Impact of Fall Freezes on Sauvignon Blanc in Big Valley • Grapevine Trunk Diseases: Effective Control Practices • Esca in the Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard •[...]
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