Chalone's Distinctive Soil and Terrain
Chalone’s Soil and Terrain is Suited for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
The Gabilan Mountain Range is actually an extension of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The AVA is located below the Pinnacles National Park near the town of Soledad. Elevation is about 1800 feet above sea level.
The region’s austere soils cause grape production to be extremely limited and flavorful.
Wines are complex with mineral notes from the granite and limestone soils. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc are produced with great success.
Soils are unfertile enough so that foliage trimming is not necessary. Cover crops are often used to attract helpful insects in organic farming. Vineyards grown on the local hillsides are very low yielding.
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