Appalachian High Country American Viticulture Area

On November 28, 2016, the Appalachian High Country was recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) by the Department of the Treasury and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). This designation establishes the 2400 square mile area above 2,000 foot elevation, across three states and eight counties as a unique viticulture area of the United States.

The establishment of a defined American Viticulture Area allows the use of appellations of origin on wine labels. This designation allows vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

The TTB defines a Viticulture area for American wine as a grape-growing region distinguishable by geographical features including the area geology, soils, elevation and climate. The wines made from the grapes of the region are distinguishable in flavor and types of wine.