USA : California’s Major Wine Regions



California’s wine country is as diverse as the people and wines that hail from the Golden State. With sun-soaked vineyards as far south as San Diego and as far north as the Oregon border, California’s winegrowing areas cover more than 700 miles and include more than 100 American Viticultural Regions.

Each region produces exceptionally diverse wines, with unique personalities and characteristics derived from the climate, soils and people that produce the wine grapes grown there. The state’s diversity means California produces wines for every palate.

Central Coast – The state’s Central Coast area, including Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Monterey, Livermore and Santa Cruz, offers cooling fog and afternoon breezes that are perfect for slow-ripening pinot noir, chardonnay and other fine varietals.

North Coast – The vineyards of California’s northern coast, which includes Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Marin, Mendocino Counties, and more, are known the world over for their exquisite wines.

Sacramento Valley – The valley of Sacramento boasts flavorful grapes thanks to its Mediterranean-style climate. You’ll find thriving vineyards throughout Lodi, Sacramento, Yolo County, Solano County, Stockton and Clarksburg.

San Joaquin Valley – Known as the state’s fruit basket for its agriculturally rich valleys, vineyards in Modesto, Fresno and Madera are known for the dramatic fruitiness of their wines.

Sierra Foothills ­– The vineyards of the Sierra Foothills, which include the regions of El Dorado, Calaveras, Placerville, Murphys, and Amador, are planted in elevations of up to 3,000 feet.

South Coast – Southern California vineyards take advantage of the state’s warm days and cool, misty nights. Notable winegrowing areas in this region include San Diego County, Ventura, Malibu, Temecula, Riverside, Cucamonga and Los Angeles.



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