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The Impact of Santa Clara Valley Climate on Grape Growing

Santa Clara Valley has a decidedly inland climate. The AVA encompasses not only the valley, but also the lower foothills in the Eastern Santa Cruz Mountains. But coastal winds do affect southern parts of the AVA.

These breezes enter the region through the Pajaro Pass in the south and Hecker Pass in the west. This moderates temperatures and allows for many grapes to be grown successfully.

Most of the AVA’s vineyards are wineries are located in the southern part of the valley near Hecker Pass. Fortino Winery and Hecker Pass Winery are among the small family producers that are located here. Pacheco Pass and San Ysidro are both sub-AVAs in Santa Clara Valley.

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