Kentucky Wine AVAs: Ohio River Valley

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Ohio River Valley
Ohio River Valley AVA is the second-largest AVA covering over 16 million acres (well over 6 million hectares) along the Ohio River in the states of Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. To its south is a humid subtropical climate; to the north a humid continental climate providing for an interesting mix. While most of the vineyards are planted in hybrids Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Riesling also grow here. Many critics say that the region is simply too large to be useful as an indication of wine typicity.

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Monticello AVA encompasses about 800,000 acres (325,000 hectares) of central Virginia. It is named after Thomas Jefferson's estate, one of America's first vineyards planted with European (Vinifera) grapes. While the summers are warm, the winters are cold and spring frosts are common. Popular grape varieties grown include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier.

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