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Central Coast AVA

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Central Coast AVA

Central Coast AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1985, amended in 1999 and 2006.[1]
Country USA
Part of California
Sub-regions Arroyo Grande Valley AVA, Arroyo Seco AVA, Carmel Valley AVA, Chalone AVA, Cienega Valley AVA, Edna Valley AVA, Hames Valley AVA, Lime Kiln Valley AVA, Livermore Valley AVA, Monterey AVA, Mt. Harlan AVA, Pacheco Pass AVA, Paicines AVA, Paso Robles AVA, San Antonio Valley AVA, San Benito AVA, San Bernabe AVA, San Francisco Bay AVA, San Lucas AVA, San Ysidro District AVA, Santa Clara Valley AVA, Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, Santa Maria Valley AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, York Mountain AVA
Size of planted vineyards 100,000 acres (400 km2)[2]
Grapes produced Albarino, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Cinsault, Counoise, Dolcetto, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Grenache blanc, Malbec, Malvasia, Marsanne, Merlot, Mondeuse, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Orange Muscat, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Tempranillo, Vermentino, Viognier, Zinfandel[2]

The Central Coast AVA is a large American Viticultural Area that spans from Santa Barbara County in the south to the San Francisco Bay Area in the north. The boundaries of the Central Coast include portions of six counties. With around 100,000 acres (400 km2) planted to wine grapes, Chardonnay accounts for more than half of the total. Within this larger AVA are several smaller appellations that share the same cooling influence from the Pacific Ocean.[2]


Because U.S. county names automatically qualify as legal appellations of origin for wine,[3] the following appellations do not require registration with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau:

Notable wineries

  • Clos LaChance Winery
  • Jalama Wines
  • Villa San Juliette
  • Edna Valley Vineyard
  • Baileyana & Tangent Wineries
  • Laetitia Winery (Arroyo Grande)
  • Buttonwood Farm Winery
  • Carina Cellars
  • Casa Cassara Winery
  • Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards
  • Loos Family Winery
  • Mandolina, Scott Cellars, Rideau Vineyard
  • Beckman Vineyards
  • Niner Wine Estates
  • Carhartt Cellars[4]
  • Tondre Wines

See also


Coordinates: 36°00′N 121°12′W / 36°N 121.2°W / 36; -121.2

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