Central Coast AVA
The Central Coast AVA is a large American Viticultural Area that spans from Santa Barbara County in the south to the San Francisco Bay Area in the north. The boundaries of the Central Coast include portions of six counties. With around 100,000 acres (400 km2) planted to wine grapes, Chardonnay accounts for more than half of the total. Within this larger AVA are several smaller appellations that share the same cooling influence from the Pacific Ocean.
Because U.S. county names automatically qualify as legal appellations of origin for wine, the following appellations do not require registration with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau:
- Contra Costa County
- Monterey County
- San Luis Obispo County
- Santa Barbara County
- Santa Clara County
- Santa Cruz County
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.75 Central Coast." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.
- Appellation America (2007). "Central Coast (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 4, 2008.
- Code of Federal Regulations, Title 27, Section 4.25(a)