How many AVAs are too many? Take the Napa test

Today, I was chatting with someone about Naches Heights, Washington’s newest American Viticultural Area.

"When does Washington have enough appellations?" my friend asked. "Twelve seems like a lot."

While 12 might seem like quite a few for just one state, consider this: Napa Valley - an area that is about three miles wide and 27 miles long - has 16 AVAs. That’s right. An area much more compact than the Yakima Valley has more appellations than the entire state of Washington.

They are:

  • Los Carneros
  • Howell Mountain
  • Wild Horse Valley
  • Stags Leap District
  • Mt. Veeder
  • Atlas Peak
  • Spring Mountain District
  • Oakville
  • Rutherford
  • St. Helena
  • Chiles Valley
  • Yountville
  • Diamond Mountain District
  • Oak Knoll District
  • Calistoga
  • Napa Valley

Other comparisons between tiny Napa Valley and the entire state of Washingto

  • Napa Valley has 43,000 acres of wine grapes, while Washington has a bit more than 40,000 acres.
  • Napa Valley has about 300 wineries, while Washington has more than 750.


  1. wineknows posted this