Whether it’s a particularly smooth zinfandel or a delightfully bubbly sparkling wine, each California winegrowing region imparts subtle nuances to the wines and grapes grown within its borders. Each region has a diverse and distinctive mix of wine styles, grape varieties, wine-grape growers, vintners, wineries and events.
Interested in learning more about the wines produced in a particular winegrowing area? Explore the regions, links and resources to the right and get to know more about California’s vineyards.
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The San Joaquin Valley is agriculturally rich and drenched in sunshine. Farms in the San Joaquin Valley grow a host of agricultural products, including cotton, grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts. But for wine lovers, it’s the birthplace of great wines. The majority of California’s wine, table and raisin grapes are grown in this valley. The San Joaquin Valley specializes in heat-tolerant varieties with notable fruitiness similar to those found in southwest Australia, Spain and Southern Italy. Grapes such as sauvignon blanc and zinfandel thrive here, and the Central Valley is home to the largest production of white zinfandel.
Central California Winegrowers Association: www.ccwinegrowers.org
Madera Vintners Association: www.maderavintners.com
San Joaquin Valley Wine Grape Growers: www.idrinkwine.net