AVWA Press Kit


about the association

The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association (AVWA) was founded in 1983 – the same year as the appellation. Made up of vineyard, winery and associate members, the organization is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit corporation.

The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association operates with the goal of supporting the region’s grape growers and wineries, as well as promoting the region’s wines. In addition to acting as a resource for its members, the association aims to better its community through donations, as well as several auctions held at its annual events.

The AVWA has approximately 120 members. These members, along with a volunteer board of directors, guide the association’s programs and goals throughout the year.

Key facts

Year Appellation Founded: 1983

Location: The Anderson Valley appellation is in northwestern Mendocino County, along Highway 128. As the crow flies, the valley is about 10 miles from the ocean and about 15 miles long, and opens to the Pacific Ocean via the Navarro River.

Latitude: 38 degrees
Climate: Mostly Winkler Region I, some Winkler Region II Number of Bonded Local Wineries: 30
Number of Tasting Rooms (open or by appointment): 27
Number of Vineyard Properties: 91 (owned by 71 farmers)
Median Vineyard Size: 11.5 acres
Planted Acres: 2,502 acres
Varietals Grown: 13 – primarily Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer
*As measured from bearing acres in 2014. See Vineyard Census sheet for additional information.

Events Held:

  • The Anderson Valley Winter White Wine Festival (mid-February, annual)

  • The Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival (third weekend in May, annual)

  • Anderson Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend (third weekend in July, annual)

  • Holiday Passport Weekend (second weekend in December, annual)

About the Anderson Valley Appellation

AV Appelation Boundary Description

History of the Anderson Valley

Wine grape growing and winemaking are such important parts of Anderson Valley today that it seems strange to realize that they are relative newcomers. White men first came to Mendocino County in the 1830s, when Mexican officials made several large land grants in the Russian River Valley. Throughout the Mexican era in California history, Anderson Valley remained undisturbed as a homeland of the native Pomo Indians. Even the acquisition of California by the United States brought few changes…

For additional information about the appellation or the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association, contact us at info@avwines.com or (707) 895-WINE (9463). The AVWA hosts visiting wine and travel journalists for its festivals; if you're interested in touring the appellation or attending one of our events, please let us know.