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The Malibu-Newton Canyon Valley AVA
is an American Viticultural Area
An American Viticultural Area is a designated wine grape-growing region in the United States distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau , United States Department of the Treasury....
in Los Angeles County
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. The boundaries of the AVA include Newton Canyon, located about 4 miles (6 km) from the Pacific Ocean
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within the city limits of Malibu
. George Rosenthal planted the first vineyards planted in the area since Prohibition
Prohibition in the United States was a national ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, in place from 1920 to 1933. The ban was mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and the Volstead Act set down the rules for enforcing the ban, as well as defining which...
in 1987, and was successful in his petition for the creation of the AVA in 1996. The canyon varies in elevation from 1400 feet (427 m) to 2800 feet (853 m) above sea level. Coastal fog and wind can influence the microclimate
A microclimate is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area. The term may refer to areas as small as a few square feet or as large as many square miles...
of the canyon, providing a cooler climate than the surrounding areas.