The Central Coast wine region is a large AVA (American Viticultural Area) that expands the California coastal growing regions from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. This large region is home to 40 smaller AVAs, including the well known regions of Paso Robles, Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo and Monterey.
Santa Cruz Mountains
As you might guess this region is predominantly mountains and hill terrains, however there is a bit of diversity in weather. Depending on the elevation and the proximity to the coast, some parts of the region are more cool climate, where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay flourish, while others are a bit warmer, and focus more on Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and even Zinfandel. It is also home to Kuvée winery partner, Bonny Doon Vineyards.
Heading south, Monterey encompasses cool and windy coastal vineyards as well as the generally warmer Salinas Valley, which also grows a lot of the produce that supplies grocery stores across the country. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are some of the top grapes in the cooler areas. In warmer pockets you’ll find winemakers planting Cabernet and Rhone varietals, including Grenache and Syrah.
Unlike many of the cooler regions that make up the Central Coast, Paso Robles is a hilly area south of Monterey, which is known for long, dry and hot days, tempered by cooler nights. These conditions are perfect for growing Cabernet, Zinfandel and Rhone grapes like Syrah.
South of Paso Robles is the very coastal growing region of Edna Valley, a premier growing region in San Luis Obispo. While not as large as some of the other regions, Edna Valley offers perfect cool climate conditions for stunning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as interesting Rhone varietals. The coastal fog and volcanic soils are both key “ingredients” in these unique wines, and characteristics that attracted the owners of Chamisal Vineyards, another Kuvée winery partner.
Give it a swirl:
Cool, coastal Chardonnay: Chamisal Stainless Steel Chardonnay
Lemony, creamy custard, this unoaked Chardonnay, sourced from Edna Valley grapes, is a little fresher and lighter than your typical Chardonnay. Perfect alongside just about anything you’re cooking, or to cool down after a hot summer day.
The Central Coast white blend: Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc
A rich white, that's part melon and part floral. Go on a French escape with this blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc. All three of these interesting grapes come from a single vineyard in the cooler, Arroyo Seco region of Monterey.
The Central Coast red blend: Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant
A truly elegant wine, you’ll notice aromas of berries, earthiness and chocolate. On the palate, it is sleek and racy with a lively acidity and great persistence. The Syrah in this blend primarily comes from Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley, while the three other grapes span the Central Coast.
The Monterey Grenache: Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy Grenache
Flowers, strawberries, spice and everything nice, you’ll be transported to a Mediterranean yacht with this wine. Featuring Grenache grown in a cooler region of Monterey, rounded out with a touch of Mourvedre.
A Rosé for good measure: Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare
Strawberries and roses on an empty beach, this bright wine will liven up your dinner. Featuring grapes from various Monterey vineyards, as well as some from the warmer, northern tip of the Central Coast.