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Clarksburg is an emerging wine region within the Central Valley district of California. It actually spans parts of three counties: Yolo, Sacramento and Solana. The fertile area benefits from cool, coastal winds and fog off the San Francisco Bay and rich soil, slow draining soil. 
It’s a relatively new wine region, reaching AVA status in 1984. Most of the grapes grown in the region are sold to outside facilities for blends. But it is still known for its Petite Syrah, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. ~Amanda Schuster


– Description from Amanda Schuster

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The Clarksburg appellation – which enfolds 64,640 acres of rich farmland spanning Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties – is blessed with many graces. Sixteen miles long and eight miles wide, it has over 9,000 acres of vines. With poorly-drained clay and loam soils, this appellation combines arid conditions with a nutrient-rich base. Summer days are warm here, but in late afternoon, cool breezes from San Francisco Bay roll into the Sacramento River Delta, preserving acidity in the ripening fruit. The air mass keeps the Clarksburg AVA an average of nine degrees cooler than neighboring Sacramento. More than twenty wine grape varietals thrive in the AVA. So why is this very large and very productive appellation so little known? Alas, best results in this terroir are achieved by Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah... read: not Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. While the Clarksburg appellation produces 40,000 tons of grapes annually, 90% of it is crushed outside the appellation. Several wineries are now producing under the AVA name, which may signal much deserved future recognition. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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