The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions ...
The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.
Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.
While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.
- Pinot Noir447
- Cabernet Sauvignon156
- Other Red Blends138
- Rhône Blends115
- Bordeaux Red Blends65
- Petite Sirah47
- Other Red Wine22
- Petit Verdot9
- Cabernet Franc8
Palmina Dolcetto 2011Dolcetto from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
August Ridge Vineyards Dolcetto 2011Dolcetto from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California