Pacheco Pass (AVA)
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Don’t expect to find chi-chi cult wines in the Pachecho Pass AVA, which straddles the borders of San Benito and Santa Clara counties. Production here favors everyday wines to please local consumers and tourists along Highway 152. This seems only fitting, since the Pass is a 15-mile long corridor which was originally used by Indians traveling to the coast or to San Joaquin Valley to trade - thirsty folks on the road, as it were. Appellation status was granted to the region in 1984 after petitioning by the Zanger family, owners of Casa de Fruta. The Zangers have operated orchards in the area since 1908 and produce a variety of wines under the Zanger Vineyards label.

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The AppellationAmerica database identifies 4 wines labeled with the Pacheco Pass designation.

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