Madera received its designation as an AVA in 1987. Situated on 230,000 acres, Madera is a part of both Madera and Fresno Counties. With 38,000 acres currently under vine, Madera is one of the largest growing regions in California. Madera sits on a long alluvial fan and is fed by both the San Joaquin and Fresno Rivers. The region receives yearlong sunshine and has a warm climate. Because of the nutrient rich soil, the abundance or sunshine and access to water, fruit ripens quickly on the vine producing low acidity. The dominant grape in Madera is Muscat, but the region also produces Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The region is best known for its dessert wines and Port.
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