South Coast Vineyards
In order for grapes to thrive and a wine region to grow, the area in question must have a couple of key elements. The soil and the climate are the two most important factors when it comes to growing grapes, and there are few places where the latter is more suited than in the California South Coast. This is an area that has a warmer climate than most, but which benefits from cooling breezes blowing in off the Pacific Ocean. The number of wineries in the South Coast region is very much on the rise, and it truly is a wonderful place to visit and sample some wine in a remarkable setting.
The South Coast wineries are essentially split among three different regions, which are the Ramona Valley AVA, the San Pasqual Valley AVA, and the Temecula Valley AVA. Each has their own unique sense of style, but it’s fair to say that the most common wine varietal that each of them shares is Chardonnay. A number of the wineries are now trying a few different types of grape after a large portion of the area was negatively affected by Pierce’s disease. Rhone, Italina, and Iberian grapes are now growing in the region, as they are better suited to withstand said disease.
If you are interested in some South Coast wine tasting, you may want to try just one of the three regions there before spreading out a little. The Ramona Valley AVA is less than 30 miles northeast of San Diego, and encompasses about 89,000 acres of land. This is not your average wine region, as it is a mostly flat valley, as opposed to the rolling hills that are usually the trademark of wine country. The town of Ramona is the best starting point for this region, as it has plenty of great places to eat and stay for the night.
The San Pasqual Valley AVA is one of the smaller regions in the country, with only one commercial vineyard to speak of. There are a couple more right on the fringe, but which are considered to fall outside of this particular AVA. This is an area that you can get through quickly on your way to one of the larger South Coast wineries. The one that gets the most action from wine lovers is the Temecula Valley AVA, and it is easy to understand why.
Temecula Valley looks exactly like what you would expect a wine region to be, with tall hills rolling away as far as the eye can see. It is here were the cooling breezes from the Pacific really do their work, as they help create grapes that have been integral in making a number of award-winning wines. As this is a larger region, you may want to plan on staying a few days so that you can take in as much of it as possible. There are a number of wine related tours and events to choose from, as well as fabulous accommodations and dining that will help make your visit to the South Coast wine region a memorable one.