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Quiz: Which County Grows the Most Syrah?

There’s been a lot of focus on California Syrah for the last month or so. There was the Rhone Rangers’ San Francisco event. Hospice du Rhone is just around the corner. Articles such as Jon Bonne’s examination of Sonoma Coast Syrah in the San Francisco Chronicle have dialed in on specific regions and styles of Syrah.

California Wine Quiz

In 2011, there were 19,009 acres planted to Syrah in California. You can find at least a little bit in most every wine region of the state. But, Which county in California has the most Syrah acreage?

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San Luis Obispo County, which includes the Paso Robles AVA, had 2,681 acres of Syrah as of last year. That’s more than any other county in the state. Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 counties for Syrah:

County Syrah Acreage
San Luis Obispo 2,681
San Joachin 2,008
Sonoma 1,880
Madera 1,807
Monterey 1,761
Santa Barbara 1,384
Fresno 1,224
Sacramento 1,068
Napa 1,006
Mendocino 700


Statistics from NASS.


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