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Monterey AVA

Coordinates: 36°19′38″N 121°16′59″W / 36.327120°N 121.283061°W / 36.327120; -121.283061
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Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1984[1]
Years of wine industry254[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Central Coast AVA, Monterey County
Sub-regionsArroyo Seco AVA, Hames Valley AVA, San Bernabe AVA, San Lucas AVA, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Total area640,000 acres (1,000 sq mi)[1]
Size of planted vineyards40,000 acres (16,187 ha)[2]
Grapes producedAlbarino, Alvarelhao, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Malbec, Malvasia, Merlot, Orange Muscat, Petite Sirah, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Souzao, Syrah, Tannat, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, Valdiguie, Viognier, Zinfandel[3]

Monterey is an American Viticultural Area located in eastern Monterey County, California. It was recognized on July 16, 1984 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Treasury after reviewing the petition submitted by the Monterey Winegrowers Council to establish the "Monterey" viticultural area.[4] It is within the multi-county Central Coast AVA encompassing about 100 miles (160 km) from the northern shore of Monterey Bay to its southern point near the vicinity of Paso Robles, California. Approximately 40,000 acres (16,187 ha) of wine grapes are currently cultivated in the Monterey AVA.[2]

Monterey AVA encompasses portions of the Carmel and Salinas river valleys, and contains five smaller American Viticultural Areas. The northern portion is a cool growing region, but one with a very long growing season. Daytime temperatures rarely exceed 75 °F (24 °C) in most parts of the region, although the southern part of the Monterey AVA reaches 100 degrees at times condusive to warm-climate varietals.[2] The soil is sandy and most regions require extensive irrigation from the Salinas River.[3]

Over 50% of the grapes grown in the Monterey AVA are chardonnay. In the northern area, Riesling and Pinot noir are popular, while in the south, Bordeaux varietals are most often grown.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Alcohol; the Monterey Viticultural Area" (27 CFR 9 [T.D. ATF-177; Re: Notice No. 494] Final rule). Federal Register. 47 (117). Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Treasury: 24714–24718. June 15, 1984.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c d "Monterey AVA". Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Monterey (AVA): Appellation Profile". Appellation America. 2007. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved January 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "Petition For Monterey Viticultural Area" (Monterey Winegrowers Council). Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Treasury. May 14, 1982.

36°19′38″N 121°16′59″W / 36.327120°N 121.283061°W / 36.327120; -121.283061