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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Seawind Wines

    Seawind Wines is a journey of discovery. To discover grapes that ripen with optimum flavor, bala...

  • Krutz Family Cellars

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

  • Morgan Winery

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

  • Pisoni Vineyards & Winery

    Pisoni Vineyards is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain range, 25 mil...

  • Tudor Wines

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

  • Testarossa Vineyards

    Testarossa Winery, located in the historic Novitiate of Los Gatos, approximately sixty miles sout...

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  • Pisoni is barely Pinot.  It's really ripe, but Bob Parker calls it ... ... are tired of the sweet Santa Lucia Highlands wines.  I know I am--I'm only drinking Rosella's Vineyard PNs from that area now.  Some of it is the winemaking style, some is the grapes themselves.  After years of being on Pisoni's waiting list, I was offered a pretty dec... Read More

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  • Siduri Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard 2011

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Siduri Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine 2012

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    The best show for me in the past 9 months. Siduri did the work, & I fed the people.Pommard,Burgundy mouth-feel & Raspberries. Burgundy is found in this classic and legendary product.Enjoyed this Burgundy and appreciated the opportunity. Thanks Adam, Bob, Anthony and Barolo Guests.All back and Raspberries are found in this SL Highlands Pinot Noi... Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • They don't come much more relaxed than me William. Don't fret. Just ... the Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands are about 300 miles apar Read More

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  • Muirwood Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2012

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    Pretty decent, middle of the road chardonnay, just right for a mid week drinker. This has some, but not a lot of oak, butter, creme brulee and soft lemon pith. Fair acidity and medium to short finish. Decent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Testarossa Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    Very nice, easy drinking chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands. More on the fruit side with ripe peach, creamy lemon, a hint of honeysuckle, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2012

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    Buttery, spicy, tropical and vanilla notes. Rich, viscous mouthfeel. Passionfruit. pineapple, guava, banana. Big, opulent. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2012

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    Excellent chard from Santa Lucia Highlands. Fairly lush with a decent amount of oak that is well balanced against creamy lemon, lime pith, a touch of pear and medium acidity Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Testarossa Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • A P Vin Rosella S Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    Wine review by William Djubin


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