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Monterey Bay Wineries

Monterey Bay Wineries

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The Regions of Monterey are:
 Arroyo Seco, Carmel Valley, Chalone, Hames Valley, 
Monterey, San Lucas, Santa Lucia Highlands 

Arroyo Seco  grows rich Chardonnays, Bordeaux varieties also do well here.
Carmel Valley  2/3 of the Carmel Valley is planted with red Bordeaux varieties.
Its higher elevation keeps the vineyards above the fog, and it receives ample
winter rains. Close to the ocean the vineyards are kept cool at night. 
Chalone high in the mountains on the east side of the valley, this viticultural
area is synonymous with the winery and vineyard that share its name. The
Burgundy style wines they produce get their distinctive character from the limestone soil, warm days and cool nights.
Hames Valley is suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the major varieties
grown. Though warmer than most of Monterey county it still receives the cooling
effects of the bay in the evenings.
Monterey is the largest of the viticultural areas of Monterey County. With
diverse microclimates a wide selection of wine grape varieties do well here. The 
long growing season allows the white wines to develop the tropical fruit flavors
that are characteristic of the region while the reds retain their brilliant color and 
smooth style.
San Lucas in the southern end of the Salinas Valley has warm days and cold
nights, allowing the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to be soft and silky, while
the Chardonnay grown here is rich and buttery
Santa Lucia Highlands sits above the fog of the Salinas Valley. The summer,
with long cool days, makes it an ideal place to grow the Chardonnay that take
up half of the acreage planted.


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