Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

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Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1990[1]
Country United States
Part of California, Central Coast AVA, Monterey AVA
Total area 22,000 acres (8,903 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 2,300 acres (931 ha)[3]
Grapes produced Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Roussanne, Syrah, Viognier[3]

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.[3]

The Santa Lucia Highlands is also home to one of the vineyards that Wine Enthusiast Magazine named a California "Grand Cru" vineyard, as a recognition of the locations that produce the highest-quality wine grapes. The Sleepy Hollow Vineyard is owned by Talbott Vineyards and grow grapes for Talbott wines.[4]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jan. 25, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Santa Lucia Highlands (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 25, 2008.
  4. ^ "California’s Grand Cru Chardonnays". Wine Enthusiast Magazine. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2017-07-25.