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Sun, Wind & Wine. The Santa Lucia Highlands is a small but mighty winegrowing appellation in Monterey County that cultivates California’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With generations of family farming, innovation and sustainability as our legacy, our growers and vineyards have earned their place among the state’s most prestigious names for appellation and single-vineyard cool-climate varieties. 


The country's top Sommeliers discover why the Santa Lucia Highlands is California’s top-rated Pinot Noir appellation.

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Santa Lucia Highlands SOMM Tour

The Santa Lucia Highlands

The Santa Lucia Highlands wine growing region in western Monterey County achieved formal American Viticulture Appellation recognition in 1991. Since then, it has emerged as the premiere cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay growing region on America's West Coast. The small but mighty appellation is home to multi-generation farmers and revered winemakers who craft award-winning wines. The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans is a not-for-profit trade association with more than 50 grower and associate members across California dedicated to elevating the presence and awareness of the region's celebrated vineyards and wines.