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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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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Central Coast View all

  • Windy Ridge Winery

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

  • Five Rivers Winery

    Throughout literature, in both modern and ancient times, there have been five basic elements that...

  • Io

    Syrah is a Persian Blue elixir teeming with flavors and textures that are well beyond the reach o...

  • David Bruce Winery

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

  • 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...

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Estancia Pinot Noir 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by ripp4

  • Treana Blanc 2014


    Tea leaf and mineral salinity on the nose with floral notes of white blossom and peach with a touch of soft cream. This is playful and robust in the mouth with full bodied texture and notes of peach, lemon, and creamy toast notes and hints of hazelnut and vanilla oak. The complexity and elegance makes this an excellent white Rhone style selection. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Tenshen Santa Barbara County Red Wine 2013


    A killer 1st vintage showing that the winemakers know what they are doing. Given the grapes involved this should sit nicely for another 18 months. Exhibits red fruits (plum) and dark cherry, wood and earth and spice. There is a light chocolate thats rides with the tannins and is balanced by the acidity. Great wine - drink or hold and decant ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Tenshen Santa Barbara County Red Wine 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Tenshen Santa Barbara County Red Wine 2013


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Tortoise Creek Cuvee Jeane Sauvignon Blanc Central Coast California 2014


    Green pepper and lemongrass are powerful on the nose, with more vegetative notes of peas and cabbage. Theres more fruit here in the mouth, with lime and peach alongside more green pepper and a finish of spicy white pepper. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Cupcake Chardonnay


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    Wine review by lorrie mcmillan

  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... ... particularly in the Central Coast, gets little precipitation.  Many vineyards out there remain dry-farmed though and brings those yields down quite a bit.  But the lack of drip irrigation also forces young vines to send roots way down deep which makes them a li... Read More

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  • Lincourt Chardonnay Courtneys 2011


    Since Leslie Renaud became the winemaker at Lincourt their wines have diminished in quality. I will never buy Lincourt wines until they hire a different winemaker. Read More

    Wine review by Chazz1

  • Francis Coppola Sofia Rosé 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by ericsbrown

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