Sonoma County. Napa Valley. Mendocino. These are just a few of the prestigious regions found with the North Coast AVA. The appellation runs 120 miles north from the San Francisco Bay Area’s San Pablo Bay all the way to Mendocino County, and extends 50 miles inland. The region spans the mountainous terrain of both the Mayacamas and the Vaca Range, while drawing cooling wind and fog influence from the Pacific Ocean, combining to offer a seemingly endless diversity of terroir and terrain.
The North Coast AVA benefits from a unique combination of geographical features and climate conditions. The area is influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which moderates the temperatures and contributes to the overall cool climate of the region. Coastal fog and marine breezes help to extend the growing season, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and develop complex flavors while retaining excellent acidity.
Defined by proximity to the Pacific Ocean — and its cooling wind and fog during the growing season — the Central Coast appellation stretches from north of Los Angeles to the southern edge of the San Francisco Bay, and includes AVA stand outs like Paso Robles, Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco, Santa Barbara County and Sta. Rita Hills, to name just a few.
Sonoma County offers three distinct sections: Northern Sonoma, Sonoma Valley and the Sonoma Coast, each offering unique topography and terroir. All are heavily influenced by cooling wind and fog off the Pacific Ocean, drawn up the Russian River each day. While Cabernet Sauvignon takes center stage in the region, Sonoma County’s wide diversity of climate and elevation offers exceptional conditions for Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and more.
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