Central Coast AVA

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Central Coast AVA
Wine region
Central coast California Cab.jpg
A Cabernet Sauvignon from the Central Coast AVA
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1985, amended in 1999 and 2006.[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia
Sub-regionsArroyo Grande Valley AVA, Arroyo Seco AVA, Carmel Valley AVA, Chalone AVA, Cienega Valley AVA, Edna Valley AVA, Hames Valley AVA, Lime Kiln Valley AVA, Lamorinda AVA, Livermore Valley AVA, Monterey AVA, Mt. Harlan AVA, Pacheco Pass AVA, Paicines AVA, Paso Robles AVA, San Antonio Valley AVA, San Benito AVA, San Bernabe AVA, San Francisco Bay AVA, San Lucas AVA, San Ysidro District AVA, Santa Clara Valley AVA, Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, Santa Maria Valley AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, York Mountain AVA, San Luis Obispo Coast AVA[2]
Size of planted vineyards100,000 acres (400 km2)[3]
Grapes producedAlbarino, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Cinsault, Counoise, Dolcetto, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Grenache blanc, Malbec, Malvasia, Marsanne, Merlot, Mondeuse, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Orange Muscat, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Tempranillo, Vermentino, Viognier, Zinfandel[3]
No. of wineries578[3]

The Central Coast AVA is a large American Viticultural Area in the U.S. state of California 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.[3]


A Pinot grigio from the Central Coast AVA.

Because U.S. county names automatically qualify as legal appellations of origin for wine,[4] the following appellations do not require registration with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau:


  1. ^ "§9.75 Central Coast" (Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas). Code of Federal Regulations. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  2. ^ "Proposed Establishment of the San Luis Obispo Coast (SLO Coast) Viticultural Area" (85 FR 61899 - 27 CFR 9). Federal Register. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. October 1, 2020. pp. 61899–61907. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Central Coast (AVA): Appellation Profile". Appellation America. 2007. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  4. ^ "Title 27, Section §4.25 Appellations of origin". Code of Federal Regulations. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

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Coordinates: 36°00′N 121°12′W / 36°N 121.2°W / 36; -121.2