You've probably heard or seen our wineries talk about the Lehigh Valley A.V.A., but what does it mean?
the United States, winemakers are allowed to label their wines with the
state or county in which the grapes are grown. But they can also list
the name of the particular growing area if the federal government
recognizes it as an "American Viticultural Area" or A.V.A., also called
an "appellation." There are more than 200 A.V.A.s across the Untied
States including ours here in the Lehigh Valley.
reviewing applications for approval, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and
Trade Bureau (TTB) considers whether the proposed name is one by which
the area is actually known locally, and whether this area as defined in
the application has distinctive soil and climatic conditions.
use an approved A.V.A. on a wine label, at least 85 percent of the
grapes used must originate from the state A.V.A. and the wine must be
fully finished within the state. This helps maintain consistency in the
wines made from a particular growing area.
Valley region is an official A.V.A. as designated by the TBB in April
2008. The Lehigh Valley A.V.A. includes portions of Lehigh, Northampton,
Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania. Wineries
in the region are permitted to list “Lehigh Valley” as the growing
region on their labels.