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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

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  • Pisoni Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Paraiso Vineyards

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

  • Testarossa Vineyards

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

  • Krutz Family Cellars

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

  • Hahn Estates and Smith & Hook

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

  • Tudor Wines

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

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