Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

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Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1990[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Central Coast AVA, Monterey AVA
Total area22,000 acres (8,903 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards2,300 acres (931 ha)[3]
Grapes producedCabernet 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]

The River Road Wine Trail runs along the length of this AVA.


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.139 Santa Lucia Highlands." Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine 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.