Hames Valley AVA
Hames Valley sits at the foot of the Santa Lucia Mountains in Monterey County’s southern tip and possesses its own unique climate that makes it so friendly for red varietals. Even though some afternoon Pacific cooling occurs, Hames Valley AVA’s geographic location mostly shelters the vineyards from the winds that frequent the Salinas Valley corridor and provides a warmer climate than the more northerly vineyards in Monterey County.
Hames Valley’s AVA is relatively new, having achieved its status in 1994. Topography is similar to France’s Rhône Valley that is famous for producing some of France’s most flavor-forward wines. Its shale-loam soils and warmer climate makes it capable of producing grapes with concentrated, forward flavors that are vitally important to red varietals. Its elevations reach almost 1,300 feet, another excellent factor in considering suitable plating sites.
This small wine growing region has produced grapes for wines featured in our 6 Wine of the Month Clubs, including a recent Gold Wine Club shipment!