Central Coast Wine


Central Coast is a vast AVA that spans between Santa Barbara County in the south to the San Francisco Bay area in the north, touching six counties within the state of California. This huge expanse encompasses a diverse array of microclimates and growing conditions and is responsible for fifteen percent of the state’s total wine production.

The sub-AVA’s within Central Coast are:
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Monterey
  • San Benito
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Salado Creek

~Amanda Schuster


– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Popular wines made in Central Coast under $20

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Varietals Produced in Central Coast View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Central Coast View all

  • Castle Rock Winery

    The mission of Castle Rock is to produce and sell the highest quality premium wines at affordable...

  • Corbett Canyon Vineyards

    Corbett Canyon is a winery located in San Luis Obispo, California. Originally produced entirely...

  • Windy Ridge Winery

    In 1985 we purchased the vineyard which had been planted in 1978 by Dr Chris Hill. We built the...

  • Cycles Gladiator Wines

    Cycles Gladiator symbolizes a celebration of the freedom and happiness that pervaded Europe in...

  • Camelot Winery & Vineyards

    The name Camelot evokes the magical kingdom of King Arthur’s court where beauty, goodness and har...

  • Treana Winery

    The Hope family has been growing grapes in Paso Robles for thirty years. Today, as Hope Family Wi...

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Aged In Bourbon Barrels 2016


    No written review

    Wine review by Packard5625

  • Edna Valley Vineyard Central Coast Pinot Noir 2015


    Black cherry and floral violet aromas. Lots of red fruit on the palate and a bot of cola and red licorice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Bacon 2016


    This is my personal favorite for any wine at this price point. I go wild for the sweet, woodsy taste with the perfect density that I really can drink with literately -- ANYTHING. I LOVE THIS WINE. For anyone who has not tried this wine yet, you are missing out. I filled my wine cellar with this since it makes a great entertainment beverage as we... Read More

    Wine review by marcelabella

  • Let me guess, Randy.  Aragon Wines specializes in Spanish wines.  It ... winery when we visited the Central Coast in October.  It's a 50/50 blend of Picpoul and Grenache Blanc.   Mucho fruit on entry--table grapes, kiwi, banana, nectarine.  Then some stoniness or minerality--probably, not black slate.  Very refreshing.  Since it is still summe... Read More

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  • Continuing with the Old Vines Zinfandel theme that I started ... wine that I ... wine that I picked up in our Central Coast visit, last October.This wine is clearly better than last night's. At approximately twice the price, it better be.  Red dried fruit on entry.  Surprising (for Zinfandel) savoriness.  Not the most full-bodied wine, but not... Read More

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  • Edna Valley Vineyard Central Coast Pinot Noir 2015


    Jammy and unbalanced. Developed some spice on the second day but never became an enjoyable glass. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Emerald Bay Chardonnay 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by CindyinVB

  • Peter Vella Chardonnay 2001


    I like this wine. I have tasted many Chardonnays and this one is better than most box or bottle. A very good everyday drinking wine. Read More

    Wine review by joerainey

  • Halter Ranch Rosé 2016


    Fruity without too much sweetness. Nice summer wine Read More

    Wine review by Sally Smithy

  • James Bryant Hill Pinot Noir Central Coast 2015


    nice, a bit sweet Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

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