The vast Central Coast is home to more than 30 sub-appellations, each with distinct characteristics.
California's Central Coast links 250 miles of coastline vineyard into one vast American Viticulture Area (AVA). Spanning 30 sub-AVA's, the region's 100,000 acres of vineyard share a common thread: the West Coast marine effect, which moderates warm temperatures during the growing season. Yet each vineyard represents dramatic differences in climate and soil, stitching together an incredibly diverse wine map.
At the north end of the Central Coast, the San Francisco Bay AVA is heavily influenced by coastal fog and produces mostly Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Traveling south, Monterey County enjoys a long-growing season due to its cool, foggy climate, and is home to some of California's most sought-after Chardonnays. Monterey County is one of the state's larger AVAs, with nine sub-regions, including the renowned Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, where Bridlewood Winemaker David Hopkins finds grapes for his incredible Reserve Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.