With one of California’s longest growing seasons, the small but fertile Edna Valley offers wines having the complex flavors associated with California’s great cool-climate regions. Located in the southern corner of San Luis Obispo County, the Valley is most famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production. Edna Valley’s grape history began with Spanish missionaries 200 years ago. It was revived from dormancy when new vineyards were planted in the early 1970s by Paragon and Chamisal Vineyards. Edna Valley wines are often grouped with those of the contiguous Arroyo Grande Valley. But the hilly, east-west Edna Valley, shadowed by volcanic mountains, is a distinct Central Coast microclimate, benefiting from black humus and clay-rich soils, cooling Pacific winds and morning fog cover.
In the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Georgia vineyards are small and few, yet the establishment of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands could bring much more.
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