Political district or AVA area in the north of the region Central Coast in California south of San Francisco. There is significant agriculture here, which is why the area is also referred to as the "Salad Bowl of America". The city of Monterey is home to the famous novelist John Steinbeck (1902-1968), whose most significant novel, "The Grapes of Wrath," plays in the Monterey orchard-worker milieu. The area extends over the valleys Carmel Valley and Salinas Valley and is in the subzone Arroyo Seco, Carmel Valley, Chalone, Hames Valley, Monterey, San Bernabe, San Lucas and Santa Lucia Highlands. There are very different climatic conditions from cool near the coast in the area Carmel Valley to sunny and warm inland in the small area Chalone. Due to the low Rainfall is an artificial one irrigation What is required, above all, by means of the subterranean Salinas.
From the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, new vineyards were created on a large scale. These expanded explosively within a decade many times. The vineyards cover more than 16,000 hectares of vineyards on sandy and gravelly clay silty soils. The most important white wines are Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc. Chenin Blanc. Gewurztraminer. Pinot Blanc. Riesling. Sémillon and Viognier, the most important red wines Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Pinot Noir, Malbec ( Cot ), Petite Sirah ( Durif ) Sangiovese. valdiguié and Zinfandel, The grapes are largely sold in other areas and form the basis for the Coastal Wines. Well-known producers are Carmel Road ( Kendall-Jackson ) Chalone Vineyard, Jekel Vineyard, Paul Masson, Monterey Peninsula Winery, Morgan Winery, Talbott Vineyards and Ventana.