A scenic coastal region with beautiful ocean views, a must-see aquarium, and a world famous golf course, Pebble Beach Golf Links, most people will think of Monterey County, specifically the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea as a resort destination. However, Monterey has been producing serious, high quality wines for quite some time. Due to it's proximity to the Pacific Ocean and naturally temperate weather, Monterey County is known for their beautiful Bourgogne varietal wines like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. While Monterey is best known for their cool-climate grapes, there are regions which enjoy warmer weather, well-suited for other varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. With 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) within the county, there are truly exceptional wines to be found here!
Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Arguably one of the most important AVAs within Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is truly a Region I cool-climate region on the Winkler Scale, possessing the most ideal growing conditions for Bourgogne varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The region is roughly shaped like a tunnel, so the cool ocean breeze from the Pacific Ocean funnels into the region and keeps the temperature cool throughout the year. This allows for a long growing season and ensures exquisite grape production! Wines from this region possess the elegancy of Bourgogne yet has the fruit-forwardness of New World wines, creating a perfect balance in your mouth. With premium Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, you can find delicious sparkling wines as well!