california as a wine region.
California is world famous for its distinctive, strongly styled wines with a clear focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. California’s complex topography and unique meso-climates provide for a spectacular array of wine expressions. Currently California has 140 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), each defined by distinct influences categorised by climate, geology and elevation. The sheer diversity of this famous winemaking region allows a plethora of delightful surprises to be discovered.
California’s coastline, spanning 1,300 kilometres exposes nearby vineyards to layers of fog and cold ocean currents, making for exceptional cool-climate grape growing. The abundance of warm, sunny Californian days balanced by cool nights ensures a slow, long grape growing season, developing deep, balanced and elegant flavours that shine in every glass. The soils of California are also incredibly diverse.
Volcanic ash, clay, sand, granite and seabed soil run through the region and each offer a distinct minerality.
Californian wines defy the typical profiles of the wines we know and love. Californian Chardonnay best grows in the coastal regions and valleys up and down the coastline, thriving in the sun, cooling breezes and morning fog from the Pacific. With fruit from Monterey County, Santa Barbara County, Mendocino County and Sonoma County, Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay is the perfect example of the elegance and balance Californian vines can produce. This has been the best-selling Chardonnay in the USA for 29 years, a testament to the exceptional regions in which it’s sourced.
monterey and santa barbara.
The Central Coast produces some of California’s most intriguing wines. Santa Barbara has transverse valleys which create very cool climates and some of the longest hang times in the world making this ideal for growing world class Pinot and Chardonnay.
This is most pronounced in Sta. Rita Hills, where Brewer-Clifton is a pioneer of the Central Coast winemaking. His dream of forging a style that was uniquely Californian, Greg Brewer was instrumental in establishing this AVA and is one of the co-signers on the agreement. Brewer-Clifton embraces the power and richness of the land with some of Jackson Family Wine’s most highly acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Monterey is a long valley, both pastoral and austere. On one end, the Monterey Bay dramatically deep, unusually cold. On the other, Central California, rich in history and agriculture. Throughout, a brisk, ever present breeze that rises from the ocean and cools both fields of produce and expansive, rolling vineyards. Monterey crafts wines with exceptional flavour, character and balance as typified by La Crema’s Monterey offering.