Santa Lucia Highlands Wine

The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a region within the Monterey district of California’s Central Coast. The vineyards are located within the hills of the Santa Lucia Mountains over the Salinas valley. The elevated locations of the vineyards, with well-drained granite soils ensure proper sun exposure but also cool evening breezes from Monterey Bay. This lengthens the growing season and provides excellent acid to alcohol balance and ripe fruit flavors for the wines.

Many of the wineries in the Santa Lucia Highlands are boutique operations who have a reputation for small production and high quality, graceful wines. The climate is suited to cool-climate Burgundian style wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as northern Rhone styles from Syrah and Viognier, as well as the Alsacian varietals Gewürtztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris. ~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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Santa Lucia Highlands View all

  • Krutz Family Cellars

    I guess it all started in 1990 when my folks stumbled into The Cheese Shop in Carmel, CA. Had th...

  • Paraiso Vineyards

    The rugged Santa Lucia Mountains frame Monterey's County's fertile Salinas Valley on the west, se...

  • Figge Cellars

    Figge is the brainchild and ;ife's work of winegrower Peter Figge, who flung the doors of the win...

  • Morgan Winery

    Morgan Winery is family owned and operated since 1982 and is committed to making refined wines fr...

  • Tudor Wines

    In an increasingly mechanized world, there are still a few handcrafted products that stand out...

  • Smith & Hook

    The spectacular beauty of California 's central coast is probably the best-known region in all...

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  • Not clear amigo - SQN isn't Rhone-style at all and Ben Glaetzer's wine ... ... are you a fan of the Santa Lucia Highlands?And do you buy the wines for that cella Read More

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  • And 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands on my list.. right now vineyard specific. Read More

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  • I do but wine for that cellar, mostly not on the Wine List. Hand sales to ... ... fans.**And I do like  Santa Lucia Highlands. and the Wine Spectator video of Gary Pisoni talking about his famed SLH Vineyard, titled Lettuce Farmer turned Pinot Star. What a great story about a great AVA.&nbs Read More

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  • Estancia Pinot Noir Reserve 2009

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    one of the best wine's we have ever had wow Read More

    Wine review by sugarbear2155


  • Black Kite Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

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    Elegant peach and green apple nose with hints of butter and lemon spice. Full and rich in the mouth with cool fruit flavors of green apple and pear with lemon zest freshness running throughout and a bit of a tropical note of pineapple towards the finish that's quite zesty and carries a touch of oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hahn Estates Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2013

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    Wine of the night and at $20 this oozes QPR from start to finish. Why a 92 you ask - stunning depth of fruit, dark cherry, raspberry, full & lush, spice, earthiness, mocha, moderate tannins and well balanced acidity give this a mouth watering, long lasting aftertaste. Excellent wine! Drink or hold - Paul 92 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Hahn Estates Grenache Gsm 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Mark, sounds like an interesting take on syrah, we're going to do a syrah ... River (Scherrer), an '07 Santa Lucia Highlands (Arcadian), '10 Croze-Hermitage, a '12 McLaren Vale (Shingleback) and whatever our friends bring over. Should be an interesting evening.OT, Nouveau zin, really? You know me, I'm always open to trying something different ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Hahn Estates Gsm 2013

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    Fruity and a tad sweet with light acidity and light tannins. Smooooth. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Wrath Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Boekenoogen Vineyard 2012

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    GREAT WINE FOR THANKSGIVINGCan't wait to enjoy with the family Read More

    Wine review by Dickie wines


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