Arroyo Seco, one of the smallest AVAs in the state, boasts one of the longest growing seasons. In this region, warm and sunny days are followed by cool afternoons once wind blowing in from the Monterey Bay sweeps through the Salinas Valley. This daily cooling effect allows for longer hang times and creates ripe fruit.

The defining feature of Arroyo Seco, which in Spanish means ‘dry riverbed’, is a seasonal creek that carries rain water from the Santa Lucia Mountains into the Salinas Valley. The AVA also features large river stones that absorb heat during the day and radiate that heat in the evenings to prevent the vines from freezing during frigid nights.

Arroyo Seco AVA

  • Established: 1983
  • Total Acres: 7,000 acres planted to vines
  • Climate: Moderate, partially sheltered from breezes
  • Soil Types: Garey sandy-loam, Oceano loamy-sand, Lockwood shaly-loam