American Wine AVAs: Umpqua Valley, Oregon to Upper Mississippi Valley

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Umpqua Valley
The Umpqua Valley AVA is part of the Southern Oregon AVA . It has a very wide variation in geological features being near three mountain ranges including the Cascades and handles a wide variety of grapes. Look for the Syrah and Pinot Noir, which may compete with more expensive examples produced elsewhere in Oregon.

Umpqua Valley Oregon Vineyards

Umpqua Valley Oregon Vineyards

Upper Mississippi Valley
The Upper Mississippi Valley AVA is the largest wine producing region in the world, occupying about 30 thousand square miles (approximately 77 thousand square kilometers) in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It follows the Mississippi River for over 500 miles (about 800 kilometers) and consequently is quite varied. Only a small percentage is cultivated in grapes, almost all of which are French hybrids.


      
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