Whether it’s a particularly smooth zinfandel or a delightfully bubbly sparkling wine, each California winegrowing region imparts subtle nuances to the wines and grapes grown within its borders. Each region has a diverse and distinctive mix of wine styles, grape varieties, wine-grape growers, vintners, wineries and events.
Interested in learning more about the wines produced in a particular winegrowing area? Explore the regions, links and resources to the right and get to know more about California’s vineyards.
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California’s Central Coast wine region is known for its long coast and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The cooling air flow from the fog and afternoon ocean breezes spills into coastal valleys creating a long growing season and encouraging the slow, even ripening of varieties such as pinot noir and chardonnay. Conversely, many areas along the Central Coast are geographically protected from these cooling effects by low-lying mountain ranges. Their warm, dry day time temperatures are ideal for ripening full-bodied Rhone and Bordeaux varietals of amazing intensity. Thanks to Santa Barbara’s starring role in the film Sideways, the region’s rolling hills and winding roads have become a popular escape from the chaos of the city.
Central Coast Vineyard Team: www.vineyardteam.org
Central Coast Winegrowers Association: www.ccwga.com
Independent Grape Growers of Paso Robles Area: www.iggpra.com
Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association: www.LVwine.org
Monterey County Vintners _ Growers Association: www.montereywines.org
Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance: www.pasowine.com
San Benito County Winegrowers Association: www.sbcwinegrowers.org
San Luis Obispo Growers Association: www.slowine.com
Santa Barbara County Vintners Association: www.sbcountywines.com
Santa Clara Wineries: santaclara.org
Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association: www.scmwa.com/wineries.htm
Santa Maria Valley Wine Country: www.santamariavalleywinecountry.com
Viticulture Assn. of the Santa Cruz Mountains: www.vascm.org