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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Central Coast View all

  • Winery Exchange

    Echelon wines are created for celebrations. And not just the big ones, the obvious occasions – we...

  • Peralta Winery

    Peralta Family Wine Company is dedicated to representing wines of such astonishing quality, and a...

  • David Bruce Winery

    David Bruce Winery has earned an international reputation throughout its nearly four decades for ...

  • Camelot Winery & Vineyards

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

  • Windy Ridge Winery

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

  • Castle Rock Winery

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

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  • Scott Cellars is in Lompoc and sources grapes in the Lompoc area where there ... Both wineries are classified Central Coast. I need to say though that the Central Coast is rapidly designating appellations specific to the micro climates of the area plus the terroir differences. It is pretty impressive to taste wines from the same growers that h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!

  • Al, I'm curious,are Scott and and Mosby Cental Coast makers? ... ...  Isn't there also a Central Coast maker whose name starts with "P" that is also doing a good job with Italian varieties?Certainly can't go wrong with Robert Foley.  Winner, winne Read More

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  • Depending on traffic, shipping grapes from up near Calistoga to Yountville ... ... he contracts for out of the Central Coast,but they would have to go all the way to Santa Rosa--which I think they do.  I also know that Roar trucks all their grapes from south of Salinas up to their winemaking facility in SF, which is certainly more than an hour... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)

  • So for Spanish wine drinkers, Albarino is fairly common, more so in the Rias ... ... 200 acres, mainly in the central coast and Lodi. The nose is not overly aromatic but fairly citrusy. The palate is crisp, nicely acidic, with hints of lemon cream, orange peel, a touch of baking spice, and a medium finish. Anyone have a favorite CA albarino pr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Queen of Hearts Pinot Noir 2013


    Anne on 40th. A good pinot for the price. Exactly what I would expect to get for the money, except it was a gift from my daughter, which made it taste even better. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2012


    Blackberries are very prominent in this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Diva Vino

  • GregT it's my experience that wines sold in the 10,15, 20 dollar price ... ... wines or Yellow Tail or some Central Coast no place wine or something indifferent from Italy, France or Spain. That's most wine, but not what we're talking about here. There's lots of well-made wine and price has very little to do with it. There are plenty of $20 wi... Read More

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  • Jacqueline Bahue Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2011


    A Naked Wines selection and another one by Jacqueline Bahue...Have had several different Jacqueline Bahue wines - she has a great touch. This one opens with ripe and bright strawberry, cherry, and a background of earth/potting soil. It is Light, delicate, and lively, with a medium, but satisfying mouthfeel. A bit on the dry side, but well balanc... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Ojai Vineyard Syrah Santa Barbara County 2010


    Opaque more-reddish-than-purplish color. A not-overpowering nose that suggests red fruit but also has a rustic hintalmost barnyard odors. Quite mild on introduction to the palate. Some red fruit flavorsplum--do pop up, but not in your face. Slightest hint of spiciness, and, maybe, some smokiness. (I wonder if thats the bacon that some see i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Not criticizing. Just saying that reading old world labels is not nearly as ... popular in California's Central Coast and in Washington for both blends and varietal bottlings.  You are also beginning to see the nomenclature "Field Blend" ocassionally--especially on "Old Vines" wines.  These are well-crafted quality wines, also.  I am not talki... Read More

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