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The Effect of Redwood Valley’s Cool Climate on Wine Grape Growing

The majority of vineyards are grown between 750 and 1,500 feet above sea level. On average, it is about 200 feet higher than the warmer McDowell Valley AVA to the south.

Additionally, a low point in the Coastal Mountain Range exposes the region to cooling winds from the Pacific Ocean. They moderate temperatures and keep acidity high. The valley receives a fair amount of rain, but is too high to be affected by much fog.

The AVA is also blessed with a long, methodical growing season. Grapes are harvested later in the Redwood Valley than in surrounding areas.

Extra hang-time on the vine allows the varietal specific characteristics to develop fully. Fruit from the region has exceptional pigment and flavor concentration. This leads to the weightier Pinots that the AVA is known for. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel are also grown with regular success.

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