Bennett Valley AVA Chardonnay
EDUCATION

Bennett Valley

Summary:

Originally planted in the 1860s, vines were cleared due to phylloxera and Prohibition. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the region started to make a comeback and received its AVA status in 2003.

Location:

The northwestern-most AVA in the Sonoma Valley, located southeast of Santa Rosa.

Climate:

One of the coolest in Sonoma County, Bennett Valley is directly impacted by the windy Petaluma Gap, where a break in the coastal hills creates fog and cool winds from the Pacific Ocean.

Soil:

Volcanic, clay

Popular Varietals:

Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon

Noteworthy:

This is a great region to find boutique, family-run wineries made in tiny production quantities.