Arroyo Grande Valley Wine

Few wineries make their home in the Arroyo Grande Valley, but the appellation offers a rich diversity of microclimates and a unique viticultural history. Composed of a 16-mile-long winding valley in San Luis Obispo County, this AVA benefits from a east-northeast orientation, allowing coastal fog and Pacific breezes to moderate the climate. Most prospective winemakers might consider the valley’s mouth – where fog lounges into the vineyards -- as too cold for viticulture. But the pioneering winery, Maison Deutz, saw it differently, creating distinctive, nervy sparkling wines from these stressful conditions. Today the practice continues at Laetitia Winery. Meanwhile, in the moderate mid-valley area, Talley Vineyard grows Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on sites mixing various slopes and soils. Above the fog line, near Lake Lopez, the Valley peaks at 800 feet. At its westernmost edge, a restored, century-old vineyard produces some of California’s best Zinfandel under the Saucelito Canyon label. A second winery Read more »

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  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Arroyo Grande Valley View all

  • Toucan Wines

    Toucan Wines is our family owned micro-winery and 3½ acre vineyard producing hand-crafted, e...

  • Talley Vineyards

    Talley Vineyards makes distinctive, handcrafted pinot noir and chardonnay wines that reflect the ...

  • Sinor-LaVallee Wines

    Pinot Noir is what we do, and it has been at the heart of our winemaking lives for more than a de...

  • Saucelito Canyon Vineyards

    We try and pick some fruit that’s in the brighter flavors of strawberry and raspberry. That devel...

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