The Squaw Valley-Miramonte American Viticultural Area is located 40 miles east of Fresno, California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The rural region, with rugged boulder-clad hills and oak woods, has very attractive vineyards with slopes ranging from 5 to 75%. A heroic viticulture that involves all manual labor, the elevation and slopes allow cool evening temperatures to drain into the valley below, which helps the grapes growing in the region produce more sugar and higher anthocyanins (red pigments).
Established in 2015, Squaw Valley-Miramonte AVA is one of California’s newest American winegrowing areas. Its sunny climate (with an average of 267 sunny days a year), cool, wet winters and regular rainfall make this area fertile for vines.
The vineyards are located on the slopes facing south and southwest, providing the heat necessary for the growth of the vine. The winds come down from the mountains at night and refresh the vines.
The soils are made up of granite material, rich in potassium, poor in calcium and boron, which differ from the predominantly sandy clayey soils of the valley. Much of the decaying granite lies just below the ground, forcing the vines to work hard to push the roots down.
The variations in climate, soils and various microclimates contribute to the unique richness of aromas and flavors of our wines.
There are approximately ten vineyards and three commercial wineries in the region.
Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Vermentino, Chardonnay, Symphony, Aglianico, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Barbera, Dolcetto, Pinot Noir, Teroldego, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère.