San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo Wine Country
The Edna Valley AVA is sandwiched between the towns of San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. The region’s climate is quite cool, making it suitable for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Syrah and Viognier also have impressive track records with San Luis Obispo Wineries.
Just southeast, the Arroyo Grande Valley has historically been a grower’s region. However, more and more grapes are being vinified by San Luis Obispo Wineries each year. Some vineyards are exposed to wind and fog from the coast while others are sheltered by hills. The diversity makes the region a great place to visit in San Luis Obispo Wine Country.
Paso Robles is located over the Grade, east of the Coastal Mountain Range. Daytime temperatures are much warmer here, and local vineyards are more likely to be planted with Syrah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon rather than Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Local San Luis Obispo Wineries focus on these varietals.
The small York Mountain sub-AVA is in the western part of San Luis Obispo Wine Country. The region is near the Templeton Gap, which is a funnel for coastal winds, making the temperature quite a bit cooler than the rest of the AVA. Local rainfall is also higher and the mountain soils shallower, producing unique, distinctive wines from these San Luis Obispo County Wineries.
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