Montgomery County wants more attention focused on its wineries, and is asking the federal government to expand a special designation, to include one more county vineyard.
The American Viticultural Area or AVA, is a specific label given to wine grapes grown on very distinct land. Ric Obiso is a co-owner of Attimo Winery in Christiansburg. It's been in business since 20-11, and wants the AVA label on its' wine bottles. "[The region] is very dry', said Obiso 'and we're one of the driest counties in the state. The elevation is right, most of us are in a frost free zone for a number of growing days to grow grapes for good quality grapes in the area."
The AVA label means at least 85 percent of the grapes used to make a wine, were grown in that exact sweet spot.