Chenin blanc from Clarksburg is the signature wine of the Sacramento region.

First planted in 1960, Chenin blanc quickly became a specialty of the Sacramento River Delta region. The grape thrives in Sacramento’s terroir: rich loamy soils with warm (hot) days and cool Delta breezes at night.

In the 70’s, estate wineries in Napa, Sonoma and Southern California would source the “best Chenin blanc in the state from Clarksburg. Gourmet magazine wrote in 1990, that “it is the classic example of a grape variety suiting a region.” “It is the grape for that area.’ Darrell Corti attests to the distinctive character of Clarksburg Chenin blanc.

Today, Clarksburg Chenin blanc plays small fiddle to the chorus of anonymous Chardonnay being poured. Old-time family producers still producing the heritage varietal, are now being joined by a new generation of artisanal producers who are rediscovering our local gem.

The campaign to make Clarksburg AVA Chenin blanc the signature wine of the Sacramento region is brought to you by GRAS (Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento) and Slow Food Sacramento. Clarksburg AVA Chenin blanc was listed to the Slow Food Ark of Taste, naming heritage culinary products from around the world.

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