River Junction received its designation as an AVA in 2001. Situated on 9,000 acres, the region is a sub-appellation within the larger Lodi AVA. The region is located west of the city of Modesto, where the San Joaquin River and the Stanislaus River converge. The region is known for its distinctive fine sandy loam soil that is very well draining and forces the grapes to develop deep root systems to seek out their water. The location of the region at the junction of two rivers is ideal for growing cool climate grapes as the rivers produce a marine climate throughout the region. The vast majority of the grapes produced in River Junction are Chardonnay.
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