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Arroyo Grande Valley AVA

San Luis Obispo

The Arroyo Grande Valley wine region is one of the four San Louis Obispo County AVAs along with Edna Valley, York Mountain and Paso Robles. Of these four, Arroyo Grande Valley is the southern most AVA only seven miles from the northern border of Santa Barbara County.

As the name suggest, this wine region is located in a valley that cuts inland from the town Arroyo Grande. This region is known for its persistent fog and cold Pacific Ocean winds. The air from the cold Pacific Ocean funnels up the valley covering the lower half of the region fog for a good part of the day. The upper part of the region in the surrounding hills has higher altitudes and is sheltered from the winds causing the fog to cease.

The fog in the lower part of the region is perfect for cool climate loving Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, allowing them to develop rich varietal character without losing any acidity. In the upper half of the region where the fog no longer reaches, Zinfandel and Syrah dominate the land. The altitudes in this area leads to warm days and cold nights, which lengthens the overall growing period, resulting in berries with a solid balance of ripeness and acidity.

The soils in the Arroyo Grande Valley AVA vary, but most distinctive are the calcareous deposits of limestone left by an ancient ocean bed. Along with limestone, the soils are joined by volcanic rock and alluvial loam. Free draining and shallow soils mean the vines are deprived of water and consequently produce grapes with higher concentration of flavors.

The wine region is home to many incredible wines and vineyards, three of which have tasting rooms on their properties where you can visit and explore fantastic varietals coming out of the region. These three are: Laetitia Vineyard and Winery, Peacock Cellars, and Talley Vineyards.

We are excited to share a number of wines from this region with our wine club members. Enjoy!

Arroyo Grande Valley AVA Wineries