Central Coast region gets prestigious American Viticultural Area designation
New San Luis Obispo AVA includes 78 vineyards, and nearly 4,000 acres planted with vines.
There’s big news for some wineries on the Central Coast.
They’ve just received a federal designation which recognized the uniqueness of the grape-growing region, which could add to the reputation, and ultimately the price of their wines.
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the establishment of the San Luis Obispo Coast AVA. It covers about a 60 mile stretch of the coast, from Nipomo to San Simeon. It’s only at most 15 miles wide.
The new American Viticultural Area has 78 vineyards, with nearly 4,000 acres of land planted. It’s best known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but they’ve added other types of grapes in recent years.
The SLO Coast Wine Collective applied for the designation in 2017.