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List of Pending American Viticultural Areas Petitions

The following is a listing of petitions to establish American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) that TTB has accepted as perfected in accordance with Part 9 of TTB regulations. "Accepted as perfected" means that the petition meets the requirements of Part 9, but it is not a guarantee that TTB will proceed with rulemaking.

A petitioned-for AVA will be removed from this list once a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) publishes in the Federal Register, and a rulemaking docket containing a copy of the petition and the NPRM will be available online for public viewing and comment at Regulations.gov. For a listing of AVA-related rulemaking documents that are currently open for public comment, visit our wine rulemaking page.

Copies of petitions and related exhibits for any of the petitioned-for AVAs in the list below are available upon submission of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Get more information on making a FOIA request.

Get more information on submitting a petition to establish a new AVA and our AVA Manual - How to Prepare an American Viticultural Area Petition for further guidance.

AVA Name




Date Accepted as Perfected

Gabilan Mountains CA Monterey, San Benito Parker Allen 06/14/18
Rocky Reach WA Chelan, Douglas Kevin Pogue 09/26/18
Paulsell Valley CA Stanislaus Patrick Shabram 10/23/18
Long Valley-Lake County CA Lake Terry Dereniuk 11/07/18
Expansion of the Red Hills Lake County AVA CA Lake Terry Dereniuk 04/17/19
Yucaipa Valley CA Riverside, San Bernardino Yucaipa Valley Wine Alliance 06/21/19
Wanapum Village WA Grant Kevin Pogue 09/25/19
Comptche CA Mendocino Michael Nolan 05/26/2020
Mendocino Ridge name change CA Mendocino Mendocino Ridge Board of Directors 08/19/2020
Crystal Springs of Napa Valley CA Napa Steven Burgess 09/02/2020
Winters Highlands CA Solano, Yolo Berryessa Gap Vineyards 11/25/2020
​Contra Costa CA ​Contra Costa ​Patrick Shabram 12/20/2020
Rancho Guejito CA ​San Diego County ​Rancho Guejito Vineyard, Inc. ​01/25/2021



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Page last reviewed: June 19, 2018
Page last updated: April 16, 2021
Maintained by: Regulations and Rulings Division