The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is considering a proposal to add about 81,000 acres to the Lodi American Viticultural Area in California's Central Valley, an area best known for producing inexpensive wines.
Lodi contains 458,000 acres in California's Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. It is the fifth-largest AVA in California, and the proposed expansion would increase its size to the fourth-largest, ahead of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which encompasses 480,000 acres.
Of the proposed 81,000 acres, 9,240 are currently planted to vineyards. The expansion would be primarily along the southeastern portion of the appellation, with some additional acreage along the western border, according to the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission.
The proposal will be open to written public comment through April 7. To be approved, according to the ATF, the land within the proposed area of expansion "must fit the conditions within the site at the time it was determined to have unique characteristics, regardless of what those characteristics might be."
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