Chalone Climate and Viticulture
The Role of Chalone’s Climate in Grape Growing
The climate of Chalone is reminiscent of Burgundy in many ways. During the growing season, it is cool and breezy, but also very sunny during. Afternoons can be quite warm but temperatures plummet at night. This leads to ripe grapes with a nice amount of acidity.
Chalone is located at about 1,800 feet above the Salinas Valley Floor near the town of Soledad. The region is in the western part of the Gavilan Mountain Range.
The Chalone Wine Group owns Chalone Vineyard, which encompasses the vast majority of vines in the AVA. Best known for Chardonnay, Chalone Vineyard’s Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc have also received rave reviews for many years. They also make a Chenin Blanc and most recently, a Syrah.
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