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The Role of Soil and Terrain on Edna Valley Wine Production

In addition to these sediments, there is also quite a bit of volcanic influence in the ground. This is mainly in the form of granite and tufa. Conspicuous evidence of this phenomenon can be seen in the large volcanic rocks known as the Seven Sisters.

Low rolling hills are a major geographical feature throughout the viticultural area. The AVA extends to 600 feet above sea level in the eastern hillsides. The Santa Lucia Mountain Range borders to the northeast and the smaller San Luis Mountain Range is located to the southwest of the AVA.

In addition to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc all do very well in the AVA’s soils. Edna Valley Vineyard makes complex Chardonnay employing expensive processes. Approximately 60% of the vineyard is planted with Chardonnay and just less than 20% is planted with Pinot Noir.

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