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 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
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 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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