California Central Coast Wineries and Vineyards
The Central Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) stretches roughly 250 miles along the coastline of California, from San Francisco County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south, averaging about 25 miles in width. The Central Coast encompasses approximately 6.8 million acres, of which 90,300 acres are planted to wine grapes.
The region produces almost 15 percent of the state's total wine grape production and is home to about 360 wineries. The northern section of the Central Coast AVA includes: Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties and the adjacent Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.
There are around 6,400 acres of planted vineyards and more than 100 wineries, ranging from small start-ups to historic leaders of the California wine industry. Continuing south along the Central Coast AVA, Monterey and San Benito counties are the next two areas. Known for the rugged beauty of Big Sur, the charm of Carmel and the lore of Pebble Beach, Monterey County is also home to 39,300 acres of wine grapes and about 75 wineries and growers.
San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties make up the southernmost district of the Central Coast AVA. There are 27,600 acres of wine grapes planted in San Luis Obispo County and 16,600 acres planted in Santa Barbara County, totaling more than 44,000 acres. Together they make up 7.4 percent of the total state wine grape crush.