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Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Country

Santa Lucia Highlands wineries and vineyards are known for using only their very best grapes, even when it makes little economic sense. They are in the business for the long term, and demand for Santa Lucia Highlands Wine is already there. Paraiso Vineyards, Pisoni Vineyard and Hahn Estates are notable Santa Lucia Highlands Wineries.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are well suited to the Santa Lucia Highlands’ climate. The sun, wind and fog exposure of the best vineyards bear an uncanny resemblance to the Grand Cru properties of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. The Santa Lucia Wine Country growing season is a couple weeks longer than most other regions which allows grapes to ripen slowly and methodically.

Santa Lucia Highlands’ terrain is made up of mainly limestone soil that, like the climate, is very similar to Burgundy. Low annual rainfall also has an impact on the soil of the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Country.

While the real interest in Santa Lucia Highlands Wineries lies in its future, a bit of knowledge about its history sheds light on where this AVA is heading. If the past is any guide, wineries and vineyards will continue on an unrelenting quest to make this the Burgundy of the New World.

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