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Appellation

Term
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An appellation is a legally defined area used in relation to where grapes were grown. These terms are protected and have specific rules around what wines can and cannot be labeled with it. Examples of popular appellations are Napa, Bordeaux, Sonoma, Rutherford, etc. Appellations are defined either by political boundaries, such as the name of a county, state, or country, or by federally recognized regions.