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 known as America's Salad Bowl. The famous writer John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was born in the city of Monterey, whose most important novel “The Grapes of Wrath” takes place in the orchard working class of Monterey. The area stretches across the Carmel Valley and Salinas Valley and is in the Arroyo Seco subzones, 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 Carmel Valley area to sunny and warm inland in the small area Chalone. Because of the low Rainfall is an artificial one irrigation required, which is done primarily by means of the underground salinas.
From the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, new vineyards were planted on a large scale. These expanded explosively many times over within just a decade. The vineyards cover over 16,000 hectares of vineyards on sandy and gravelly clay soils. The main types of white wine are Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc. Chenin Blanc. Gewurztraminer. Pinot Blanc. Riesling. Sémillon and Viognier, the most important red wine varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Pinot Noir, Malbec ( Cot ), Petite Sirah ( Durif ) Sangiovese. valdiguié and Zinfandel, The majority of the grapes are 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.