Arroyo Seco AVA
Chardonnay from the Arroyo Seco AVA
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Year established||1983, amended in 2006|
|Part of||California, Central Coast AVA, Monterey AVA|
|Total area||42,880 acres (17,353 ha)|
|Grapes produced||Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Viognier|
The Arroyo Seco AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Monterey County, California, southeast of Monterey Bay. The appellation encompasses 18,240 acres (7,381 ha) in the valley adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Creek. Because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the area has a cool climate, and is best suited for those grape varieties that benefit from the cool afternoon breeze. The area is known for its gravelly soil that absorbs heat during the day and radiates that heat in the evening. This helps keep the grapes from freezing at night.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.59 Arroyo Seco." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
- Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
- Appellation America (2007). "Arroyo Seco (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 24, 2008.
- "Taste Monterey Website". A Taste Monterey. Archived from the original on March 24, 2006. Retrieved February 7, 2006.
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