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Tucked away in the northwestern portion in the Commonwealth of Virginia is the Monticello AVA, or American Viticultural Area. This AVA is nestled southeast of Charlottesville, and northwest of the capital, Richmond. This particular AVA stands out among most others because of the history in the area along with the great wine. Any true American oenophile should have this region on their list of places they must visit.

Why Is Monticello Important For American Wine History?

There are many competing stories for who was responsible for bringing wine to America. Some point to the influences of Spanish Missions in California starting with Fr Junipero Serra in 1769 at Mission San Diego, others point to New

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