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Arroyo Grande Wine Country

There are currently a handful of Arroyo Grande Valley wineries that have a reputation for premium quality wine production. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah are the top grapes here. The nearby town is an inviting destination after a day of touring Arroyo Grande Wineries and tasting wine.

The climate of Arroyo Grande Wine Country is more diverse than the consistently cool climate of nearby regions. The western part of the AVA is cooled by the Pacific Ocean, and is mainly planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The more mountainous east has larger temperature swings from day to night, and is home to fuller-bodied grapes like Syrah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. This contributes to the diversity of Arroyo Grande Valley Wineries.

The terrain of Arroyo Grande Valley Wine Country is made of sedimentary and volcanic soils over a layer of bedrock known as the Franciscan Complex. The Franciscan Complex is uplifted oceanic and continental crust that was formed over 100 million years ago.

Arroyo Grande Valley’s history of vineyard development dates to 1879. In this year, the Ditmas Family harvested the first wine grapes in the region. Commercial winemaking was never very widespread before Prohibition, although there were some notable vineyards in Arroyo Grande Wine Country.

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