California

Santa Lucia Highlands

Santa Lucia Highlands is one of California’s most renowned appellations and is recognized for its cultivation of the state’s best Pinot and Chardonnay. Located in Monterey County, this wine region produces some of the best single-vineyard cool-climate wines and boasts a rich history shaped by innovation, sustainability and generations of family farmers.

Climate: Cool regional climate due to the close proximity to Monterey Bay. Strong winds off Monterey Bay is a key factor of long “hang-time” and phenolic ripeness. Lack of damaging rain falls allow for late picks, if necessary.

Annual Rainfall: 14 in
Total Vineyard Acres: 650 acres
Primary Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Napa Valley

Napa Valley, located north of San Francisco, is undoubtedly one of California’s best recognized wine regions. Home to hundreds of vineyards, this 20-mile area is responsible for producing some of the state’s best Cabernet and most premier and popular labels. It expands over lands from San Francisco Bay all the way to Mount St. Helena and boasts a diverse geography, climate and terroir, that has made it the perfect host for smaller AVAs such as Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder.

Climate: Mediterranean with cool rainy winters and dry summers
Annual Rainfall: 23.6 in
Total Vineyard Acres: 4.7 acres
Primary Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon

Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley, located in Sonoma Valley, California, is home to several world-class white wines and red wines—known best for the production of cool-climate varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. It derives its name from the Russian River that runs through the area and receives an annual rainfall of 32 inches. The cool temperatures in this wine region, due to the fog and wind from the Pacific Ocean, enable a longer maturing season that produces grapes with both ripe flavor and prime acidity.

Climate: Cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean in the evening, often dropping the temperature about 35-40 degrees from its daytime high.
Annual Rainfall: 32 in
Vineyard acres: 20 acres
Primary Grape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc

Temecula Valley

An easy drive from San Diego, Los Angeles, Temecula Valley’s first commercial vineyard was built in 1968 after Spanish missionaries planted the first batch of grapes in the 1820s. Decades later, this wine region has grown to become Southern California’s largest wine region and is home to 40 wineries with an annual production of 500,000 cases. Located near Los Angeles, the cool Pacific air allows for a climate perfect for grape-growing. With its growing number of wineries, Temecula Valley has become a popular spot for wine enthusiasts and hosts over 1.7 million visits each year.

Climate: Hot semi-arid, Mediterranean
Annual Rainfall: 12.6 in
Total Vineyard Acres: 33.5 acres
Primary Grape Varieties: Riesling, Muscat Canelli, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

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