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.


Fountaingrove District AVA

500 vineyard acres

5 wineries

Taking its name from an historic area of northeastern Santa Rosa, the Fountaingrove District became Sonoma County’s 17th AVA in March 2015.