An appellation is a geographical area recognized for a distinctive combination of soil, climate, and identifiable regional wine character. The word appellation comes from the French Appellation d'Origine Controlee laws, which are laws meant to ensure quality within specific regions of France. These same principles have been used to create American Viticultural Areas (AVA) in the United States.


Howell Mountain Appellation (AVA)

Howell Mountain Climate: Similar to the facing Spring Mountain AVA, however slightly warmer and dryer overall due to strong afternoon sun influence.  Fairly cool nights in both ranges and higher elevations help maintain good acidity.

Elevation: 600 to 2200 ft (184 to 675m).

Rainfall: 40 to 50 inches (125cm) annually.

Soils: Predominantly volcanic, shallow and infertile. Drainage is high, fertility low.  More Info.