Cienega Valley Wine Country
Some of San Benito County’s best known wineries are located in Cienega Valley Wine Country. Pietra Santa Winery has a gorgeous tasting room and is a popular destination for Cienega Valley Wine Tours. Scott Flint recently left Calera Wine Company and established Flint Wine Cellars in the region. Additionally, DeRose Vineyards makes some impressive wines.
Cienega Valley Wineries are affected by a moderate climate that is tempered by wind from the Pacific Ocean. Bordeaux and Rhone grapes thrive in Cienega Valley Wine Country including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. There are also cooler microclimates that excel at growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Located in the foothills of the Gavilian Mountain Range, Cienega Valley’s terrain contains a lot of limestone deposits. Burgundian varietals (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) love these conditions. The San Andreas Fault runs through Cienega Valley Wineries, and has constantly agitated the soil over the millennia.
Cienega Valley Wine Country has a long history of growing grapes and making wine that dates to the mid 19th century. French and German immigrants contributed to the development of Cienega Valley’s vineyards.
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