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Arroyo Seco AVA

One of the smallest AVAs in California, Arroyo Seco also boasts one of the longest growing seasons.

Arroyo Seco’s warm, sunny days are followed by chilly afternoon winds that sweep across the Salinas Valley from Monterey Bay. This dramatic daily cooling keeps the grapes on the vines well into the season, intensifying varietal character while keeping acid levels high. The Arroyo Seco River – an eastward-flowing tributary of the Salinas River – cuts a narrow gorge into the Santa Lucia mountains. The AVA features large river stones (Greenfield Potatoes) that absorb heat during the day and radiate it back in the evenings, warming the vines through the cold nights. Arroyo Seco – which translates to “dry creek” – has one of the longest growing seasons in California, perfect for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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