United States

It was not that long ago that only French wines were considered “good”. In the last few decades, the United States has become a powerhouse in the world of wine. The Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Oregon wine regions offer wines to challenge any other in the world. Other US wine regions have equally as promising wines being offered.

Wine regions in the US are controlled by American Viticultural Area, or AVA. The Tax and Trade Bureau regulates the AVAs. There are no grape type requirements for an AVA – just that the vineyard is within a set geographical boundary. 85% of grapes labelled as an AVA must actually come from within that AVA area. AVAs can contain other AVAs and can overlap each other.

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