Monterey Wine


Monterey is an AVA within the Monterey County region, in the Central Coast of California. It runs between Monterey Bay in the north and extends as far as San Luis Obispo AVA to the south. Most of the Salinas Valley lies within it, providing a natural channel for the Bay fog and winds which lengthen the growing season and control acid balance in the grapes. 
The vastness of the region lends itself to somewhat diverse growing conditions. Coastal areas are suited to cool climate varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurtztraminer while warmer sections tend toward Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. 
Monterey is further subdivided into the following regions:
Arroyo Seco
Carmel Valley
Hames Valley
San Antionio Valley - Monterey
San Bernabe
San Lucas
Santa Lucia Highlands
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Otter Cove

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  • Carmel Road Winery

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  • Dmcker,I think it is very difficult to develop any "private" land in Big sur due to the land trust and Ca Coastal commission.  While these agencies are providing protection from large developments and other entities that might harm the coastline, many believe they have gone waaayyy overboard.  As far as grapes go, you would have to pull out the ... Read More

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  • NG, was hoping to see you (and Fox) here in this discussion! Coastal Commission issues are something I was once au courant on since my family had a big chunk of land right on the ocean in Cayucos (I was also personally asked to make an offer on a ranch fronting the ocean in Cambria, though I quickly backpedaled when research dug up multiple not-... Read More

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  • The photos are all from three separate plots of private land that I looked at.Agreed, JD, and I hesitated before posting my query.But wondered if anyone knew of any winemakers doing things there, interesting or not. Certainly there is wine down towards Cambria and Cayucos. If the Hearst family had held onto San Simeon, there'd likely be hundreds... Read More

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  • Nice to have untapped resources like this remain...I've pondered planting vineyards in San Clemente as well, wondering what it would take. Read More

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  • Don't know D, although it's a good question - how much of the land is ... there's wine made in the Monterey AVA and around it, but there's not a lot of really good wine made there. Also, can be a pretty cool region and where you're talking about is probably even cooler. Until recently people weren't so interested in those regions - remember ev... Read More

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  • I think you ought to come back and buy that property!I can't help you with your question.  I don't see why you couldn't grow grapes there, but I don't know why there aren't more.  Ridge had vineyards a bit north of there.  How much land is actually private there? Read More

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  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase ... Certainly to the east within Monterey there's good wine being made over in the Pinnacles, but that's across the Salinas valley. To the north good wine's been made in the Santa Cruz mountains for ages, or at least what passes for such in California. Further south ... Read More

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  • Garnet Vineyards Pinot Noir Monterey County 2013


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  • Morgan Cotes du Crow's 2012


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  • Bridlewood Estate Winery Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2009


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