One of the five winegrowing regions in California with about 25,000 hectares of vineyards. It forms a 560-kilometer strip on the coast of the Pacific Ozenas from the north south of the San Francisco Bay to Los Angeles deep in the south. The region is mainly known for agriculture and tourism. The Salinas Valley is considered one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the USA, Here are next vines Also many vegetables and fruits such as lettuce, strawberries and artichokes grown.
A peculiarity are the climatically different conditions of higher warmer Weinbaubereiche like Paso Robles and the lower-lying colder ones like Santa Maria and Monterey. This is explained by the fact that the cool layer of air from the Pacific forms a layer of haze that hangs below the higher areas. The red wines thrive here especially well Cabernet Sauvignon. Pinot Noir. Syrah and Zinfandel, as well as the dominant white wine variety Chardonnay,
There are the two major AVA areas Central Coast and San Francisco Bay for wines from grapes of several counties. The counties with their AVA areas are Alameda County ( Livermore Valley ); Monterey County (Arroyo Seco, Carmel Valley, Chalone, Hames Valley, Monterey, San Bernabe, San Lucas, Santa Lucia Highlands); San Benito County (Cienega Valley, Lime Kiln Valley, Mount Harlan, Paicines, San Benito); San Luis Obispo County (Arroyo Grande Valley, Edna Valley) Paso Robles, York Mountain); Santa Barbara County (Santa Maria Bench, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Ynez Valley); Santa Clara County (Pacheco Pass, Santa Clara Valley, San Ysidro District) and Santa Cruz County (Ben Lomond Mountain, Santa Cruz Mountains).