Capay Valley received its designation as an AVA in 2002. Situated across 102,400 acres, the region is neighbors with Napa County and is centered on the Capay Valley in Yolo County. The terrain of Capay Valley consists of rolling hills and valley floor where the soils contain river rock and volcanic ash deposits. The climate in Capay Valley features warm days and cool nights. The mountainous terrain captures daytime heat in the valley but has cooling effects in the evenings. The warm climate leads to a short growing season and robust yields. Capay Valley produces many different varietals including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Viognier.
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