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IVES 9 IVES Conference Series 9 The evolution of wine appellations in the United States

The evolution of wine appellations in the United States


Le système des appellations d’origine aux Etats-Unis était adopté en 1978 et est entré en vigueur en 1983. Jusqu’à présent, 146 aires viticoles avaient été établies dans 26 états. Ce système des appellations aujourd’hui évolue dans de nouvelles directions, qui sont le sujet de cette présentation: l’établissement des multiples appellations dans une région viticole; la révision des délimitations des appellations existantes; la spécialisation des appellations d’origine vers un cépage spécifique pour chaque aire viticole; et la confusion entre les marques et les appellations d’origine.

The wine appellation system in the United States was adopted in 1978 and first took effect in 1983. Since that time, 146 American viticultural areas (AVAs) have been established in 26 states. The appellation system today is evolving in new directions, which are the subject of this presentation: multiple, ordinal AVA establishment; boundary realignment; privatization toward varietal specificity; and brand name-appellation confusion.


Publication date: February 16, 2022

Issue: Terroir 2002 

Type: Article



Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty
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Napa, California 94559

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aires viticoles aux E.U., cépages, marques, les révisions des délimitations des aires viticoles
American viticultural areas, grape varietals, brand names, boundary realignment


IVES Conference Series | Terroir 2002


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