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McCarthy applauds the establishment of the Tehachapi Mountains AVA

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
Posted at 6:27 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 21:27:53-05

TEHACHAPI, Calif. — On Wednesday, Congressman Kevin McCarthy applauded the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau's action establishing the Tehachapi Mountains American Viticultural Area.

This allows local vintners to use the “Tehachapi Mountains” appellation of origin on bottle labels for wine produced in the Tehachapi Mountains AVA.

McCarthy released the following statement:

This announcement is welcome news for our community, which has been working to establish the Tehachapi Mountains AVA for several years and is something I have strongly supported and urged the Administration to finalize. Tehachapi joins other AVAs such as Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and the Central Coast as an official wine region. Tehachapi wines can now compete with other well-known AVAs in our state, further cementing California’s position as the top wine-producing state in the nation.

Not only will the Tehachapi Mountains AVA encompass approximately 58,000 acres, it will be at one of the highest elevations in the country, making it truly unique. This AVA designation will also help stimulate the local economy by further putting Tehachapi wines on the map, thereby increasing awareness of our fast-growing winemaking region.

I want to thank President Trump, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, and TTB Administrator Ryan for finalizing this important AVA designation, and I look forward to seeing the Tehachapi Mountains AVA become a top wine production and tourist spot in California.

Community leaders issued the below statements:

I am excited that the Tehachapi Mountains American Viticultural Area has been approved. This means a lot for the Tehachapi Wine Growers, the Greater Tehachapi Area, and Kern County. In addition to being known as 'The Land of 4 Seasons,' Tehachapi will become known as an exceptional wine growing region tucked away in the Tehachapi Mountains.
Jim Arnold, Triassic Vineyards owner and President of Tehachapi Wine Growers Commission
High altitude, yet warm conditions truly make the Tehachapi area unique, providing winegrowers a setting to grow and fully ripen quality wine grapes, which require both warm, sunny days and cool nights to develop the subtle flavors necessary to make outstanding wines. Establishment of the Tehachapi Mountains AVA will give Tehachapi area winegrowers the ability to develop and market their wine based on the reputation of the Tehachapi area for producing high quality wine grapes. On behalf of the Tehachapi winegrowers, I would like to thank Congressman Kevin McCarthy for his substantial efforts in support of the Tehachapi Mountains AVA that ensured our petition successfully navigated the approval process. I would also like to thank those in the community who submitted letters or comments in support of the AVA, as well as Karen Thornton of the TTB without whose patient guidance this AVA would not have come to pass.
Julie Bell, Tehachapi Mountains AVA petition author
Our Tehachapi Wine Growers are now recognized with an AVA designation which makes me so proud of how hard they worked, the designation 'Tehachapi Mountains' will be seen on every bottle of wine produced from our community.
The Honorable Susan Wiggins, Tehachapi Mayor
The successful effort to establish the AVA of ‘Tehachapi Mountains’ provides an important economic development tool for our regional vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms, undoubtedly increasing sales and tourism. I congratulate the Tehachapi Wine Grower’s Commission and the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council who have worked so hard to bring this important designation to our beautiful region.
The Honorable Zack Scrivner, 2nd District Kern County supervisor
Without the dedication of our Tehachapi Wine Growers Association, Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council and our Congressman Kevin McCarthy we would not see the words 'Tehachapi Mountains' on the wine produced right here in Tehachapi. It shows the true power of collaboration and now our wine industry can grow and be recognized.
Greg Garrett, Tehachapi City manager
Today we celebrate the Tehachapi area wine growers and our mountain community. The Tehachapi Wine Growers Association along with many others have worked diligently for several years to bring the designation of a American Viticultural Area (AVA) known as the 'Tehachapi Mountains' to fruition. This designation will showcase the Greater Tehachapi area and define our cherished wine industry.
Ida Perkins, President, Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce

The establishment of the Tehachapi Mountains AVA allows regional vintners to label wine produced in this region with the “Tehachapi Mountains” appellation of origin instead of the generic “California” designation.

The Tehachapi Mountains AVA will become effective 30 days following publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.