Central Coast Wine


Central Coast is a vast AVA that spans between Santa Barbara County in the south to the San Francisco Bay area in the north, touching six counties within the state of California. This huge expanse encompasses a diverse array of microclimates and growing conditions and is responsible for fifteen percent of the state’s total wine production.

The sub-AVA’s within Central Coast are:
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Monterey
  • San Benito
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Salado Creek

~Amanda Schuster


– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Central Coast View all

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Central Coast View all

  • Cycles Gladiator Wines

    Cycles Gladiator symbolizes a celebration of the freedom and happiness that pervaded Europe in...

  • Kinderwood

    Kinderwood California Vine Classics are premium wines from the California Coastal appellation. T...

  • Clos LaChance Winery

    Clos LaChance is a family-owned and operated winery located in San Martin, CA. The winery focuses...

  • Claiborne & Churchill Vintners

    Claiborne & Churchill is a small, family owned and operated winery, founded in 1983 and located i...

  • Winery Exchange

    Echelon wines are created for celebrations. And not just the big ones, the obvious occasions – we...

  • Camelot Winery & Vineyards

    The name Camelot evokes the magical kingdom of King Arthur’s court where beauty, goodness and har...

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Wow. Kind of a reflective, melancholy tone here!We were in Sonoma over the ... ... fruit from Healdsburg, not Central Coast or whereve Read More

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  • Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay 2015


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Belgravia [www.majestic.com]. for £10.It is from the State of California on the west coast of the USA.and made of the chardonnay grape.I started it last night with my supper of tuna salad.It is a dry wine and there is plenty of a melon.peach and apricot fruit with some citrus on the finish. It... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Actually it's what i drank yesterday, but was a little...let's say ... Anniversay Pinot Noir Central Coas Read More

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  • Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey 2016


    I was (in my mind) out on the tiles, and chanced by the Hahn Monterey PN 2016, and bought it to see how their "signature" wines are doing. The wine is kirsch red, with more cherry than strawberry notes on the nose - typical of California PN (subtropical). Entry has loads of leather - another Cali trait, but good fruit and acid, and strawberry ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Pepperwood Grove Chardonnay Central Coast 2006


    Enjoyed crispy and acidity, not typical Chardonnay Read More

    Wine review by Jerry Brenner

  • Hahn Estates Meritage Red Blend 2013


    It has been a while since tasting this well-respected and nicely priced wine. But in an IGA on Camano Island WA I noticed this wine in a sale bin for about half the normal price. I thoroughly enjoyed it; the blackberry and current flavours are very Bordeaux with that California fruit adding a certain power. Balanced and delicious... and shall... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2015


    Very fruity with balancing high acididty and a gentle touch of tannin toward the finish. Easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Fetzer Vineyards Gewurztraminer Monterey 2016


    Fresh floral white grape and tea leaf aromas with fleshy peach notes and soft pear. On the palate theres bright acidity and a full palate of off-dry sweetness with more black tea leaf and lavender notes, peach apricot and a touch of lime towards the finish. Fresh, aromatic and juicy.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • A few more recent arrivals:L - The Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel ... ... Anniversay Vintage" Central Coast Pinot Noir 2015R - The Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling 2017&nbs Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 2014


    Bright red fruit on the tip of the tongue--cherry, strawberry, plum. Interesting astringency--might be acid--but I like it. Medium bodied. Pleasant aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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