Zinfandel has been planted in virtually all the grape growing areas of California, in the widest possible variety of soils and topography, and in climates from coldest to hottest. After more than a century of experimentation, the eight regions mapped on these pages appear to be the predominant sites.

However, as Cathleen Francisco wrote in her Zinfandel reference guide, “The attempt at defining growing regions for consumer identification is very broad and simplistic as it does not address the internal diversity of each appellation or vineyard site. It is comparable to the generalities one finds in defining a group of people.”

To further our educational goals, ZAP has identified these California growing areas to represent, in a broad sense, the styles of Zinfandel produced in each of the selected regions, considering that there is a diversity of style by appellation within each region.

Select a Growing Region
Bay Area
Central Coast
Central Valley
Mendocino and Lake
Napa Valley
Sierra Foothills
Sonoma County
Southern California

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