Covelo (AVA)
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AVA status is traditionally granted to viticultural areas with established histories which are home to a group of wineries with a common goal of increasing awareness about the unique qualities of their growing region. The recently approved Covelo AVA located in northern Mendocino County bucks this convention as there are currently only 2 acres of land under vine and no wineries. Presumably Mr. Ralph Carter, the petitioner for this AVA, believes an appellation should be defined purely on climatic conditions rather than any marketing objectives that may benefit from acquiring AVA standing. The TTB obviously agreed, delivering its final ruling on the matter and approving the Covelo AVA on February 16th, 2006.

The Covelo AVA is located about 45 miles north of Ukiah and encompasses Round Valley, Williams Valley, and the surrounding foothills. According to the petition, “the bowl shaped basin of Round Valley…is distinctly different from the long, narrow valleys more commonly found in Mendocino County. In addition…the soils in the proposed Covelo area are, for the most part, very deep, nearly level loam, which differ significantly from the soils in the surrounding areas.” The petition further explained that the high peaks surrounding the region effectively block any coastal influence, providing the Covelo AVA with a continental climate. The growing season here is shorter than other Mendocino growing areas such as Anderson Valley and the Yorkville Highlands and the region experiences greater fluctuations between daytime and nighttime temperatures relative to other Mendocino County appellations.

Time will tell if the creation of the Covelo AVA will attract increased vineyard activity or if this new appellation will simply serve as another small and obscure piece of the American Viticultural Area puzzle.

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Note: There are no wineries currently labeling wines with this appellation designation.
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The AppellationAmerica database identifies 0 wines labeled with the Covelo designation.

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