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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Santa Lucia Highlands View all

  • Morgan Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Mon Lis

    We are proud to announce the release our 2005 Mon Lis Sleepy Hollow Vineyards Pinot Noir. When th...

  • Hahn Estates and Smith & Hook

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

  • Pisoni Vineyards & Winery

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

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  • Carlisle Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard Syrah 2014


    Dark fruit opening---blackberry, black plum. The wine enters as mellow, but it is quite spritzy on the edges of the tongue and under the mid-palate. Some dark chocolate bitter hints under the rear palate. A very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Had a wine tasting at the wine club Sat night:L - The 2013 Leeuwin Art Series ... ... BaroloR - The 2014 Novy Santa Lucia Highlands Susan's Hill Vineyard SyrahResults - This was one of those wine nights that will stay with you for a long time. These were no less than outstanding wines and I was happy to provide them.The 2013 Leeuwin cabby was... Read More

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  • Tonight (Christmas) we has an excellent spiral ham with this:A 2015 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Well done with cherry, cinnamon, cola little earth, smooth tannins and abundant acidity which leads to a lengthy aftertaste. Layered and nuanced this is structured well. From to back it's firm. If scoring 90+My son is getting a crash cour... Read More

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  • I must buy another "premium" California PN to refresh my memory, but ... weather-wise, maybe like the Santa Lucia Highlands example you taste here) seem like Pommard on steroids... but as I sometimes say elsewhere, my experience of late has been limited given the lack of choice in the Great White North.  I try to dabble a bit when in Californi... Read More

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  • Talbott Pinot Noir Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2016


    14.2% ABV Ruby red tinged with garnet at the edges. Medium light in weight. Pretty and well made wine. I get a strong hit of cherry cola on the first sip followed up with some sour cherry as the acid comes to life and finishes with some cranberry notes with a touch of bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Yes the Kali Hart(Monterey) is available here and so is the Logan (Santa Lucia Highlands) bottling. Have you tried the Logan? Ill have to look around for the Calera, my usual store doesn't list it. Read More

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  • Testarossa Winery Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2016


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  • Hahn Meritage 2009


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    Wine review by Mark Ap02

  • Hahn Estate Slh Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2015


    Cool and crisp floral peach and white grape aromas with tea leaf and vanilla spice. Juicy and full bodied on the palate with a creamy texture and fruit notes of green apple, lemon and pear with a zesty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Talbott Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2015


    Cool, clean green melon and green apple aromas with white blossom and peach notes and a touch of honeyed cream. Tart and focused on entry with a creamy palate of vanilla tangerine and green apple notes, a touch of pear, dried apricot and a generous oak spice on the finish.89 pts Read More

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