Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
A Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Part of||California, Central Coast AVA, Monterey AVA|
|Total area||22,000 acres (8,903 ha)|
|Size of planted vineyards||2,300 acres (931 ha)|
|Grapes produced||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Roussanne, Syrah, Viognier|
The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Monterey County, California. It is part of the larger Monterey AVA, and located in the Santa Lucia Mountains above the Salinas Valley. Over 2,300 acres (931 ha) of vineyards are planted in the AVA, some as high as 1,200 feet (366 m) above sea level, with about half of them planted to the Pinot noir grape. The region enjoys cool morning fog and breezes from Monterey Bay followed by warm afternoons thanks to direct southern exposures to the sun.
This region also houses many gold medal wines and wineries. Vineyards such as Tondre Grapefields and Tondre Wines have produced highly regarded and ranked wines.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.139 Santa Lucia Highlands." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 25, 2008.
- Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jan. 25, 2008.
- Appellation America (2007). "Santa Lucia Highlands (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 25, 2008.
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