Pennsylvania Wine AVAs: Central Delaware Valley

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Central Delaware Valley
Central Delaware Valley AVA covers 96,000 acres (39,000 hectares) of far-eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. While most of its land is on the New Jersey side, most of its wine come from Pennsylvania. They are made from a variety of native grapes and hybrids and well-known international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

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Cumberland Valley
Cumberland Valley AVA is located in southern Pennsylvania and eastern Maryland. This valley runs approximately north to south for some 100 miles (160 kilometers) between the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg and the Potomac river in Washington DC. The area is part of a limestone basin and the accompanying well drained, mineral-rich soils. This large AVA occupies about 765,000 acres (310,000 hectares), but at present less than 200 acres (80 hectares) are devoted to grape vines and this appellation is rarely used.

Lake Erie
Lake Erie AVA occupies almost 225 thousand acres (about 90 thousand hectares) in part of New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Most of its vineyards are located near the lakeshore. The region includes 18 islands in the American part of the lake. Lake Erie moderates the climate and lenghtens the growing season. The region's glacial soil is high in sand and gravel and drains well. Grape varieties started with Franco-American hybrids but now international varieties such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris among the whites and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc among the reds are grown.

Lancaster Valley
Lancaster Valley AVA covers 225,000 acres (over 90,000 hectares) in the southeastern Pennsylvania. However, only about 400 acres (160 hectares) are planted in wine grapes. This is not a river valley, but lowlands in the ridges of the northern Appalachian Mountains. The soil is largely free-draining shale and limestone and the climate is moderate. Popular grapes include Franco-American hybrids and international varieties including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.

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