Mount Harlan (AVA)
  Sign In
Subscribe to our newsletter
Bookmark and Share  

It takes great resolve to plant vineyards in Mount Harlan’s rugged terrain. Fortunately for the wine world, a ‘terroirist’ named Josh Jensen took on the challenge in search of California’s equivalent to Burgundy. Located in a remote high-altitude section of San Benito County’s Gabilan Mountains, the 7,400-acre appellation has less than 100 acres under vine. The vines all grow on limestone soil reminiscent of Burgundy, which is the area’s defining characteristic. The elevation of Mt. Harlan begins at 1,800 feet, although the vineyards are much higher, averaging closer to 2,200 feet. Their lofty perch allows a river of cool air currents to stream unencumbered into the region from Monterey Bay. The climate is cool and almost desert-like, keeping the vines stressed and yields low. This has made Mr. Jensen’s Calera Wine Company, the appellation’s only winery, justly famous. Calera also grows Chardonnay and Viognier, although it is Pinot Noir that keeps the winery on the elite list of great California producers.

Current Feature

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.  [>] continue

Appellation Features

[>] see all Mount Harlan features (3)

Related Features


Best of Appellation

See the best wines of Mount Harlan

See the best wines of
Mount Harlan


Blue Book Taste Profiles for the Mount Harlan AVA

Pinot Noir

Alive & Well here

Viognier: Sometimes looks can be fact, they can be very deceiving! Ms. Viognier is arguably the  [>] continue


Quick Finds

Q: What are the most recognized grapes grown here?
Q: What wines are produced here?

The AppellationAmerica database identifies 17 wines labeled with the Mount Harlan designation.

[>] see the complete Mount Harlan Wine List.
Q: What wineries are based here ?
Q: What other wineries source fruit here ?
There are no other wineries that source fruit from this appellation
Q: What are the overlapping appellations ?

Appellation Honor Role

Search the Mount Harlan Wine List

select wine style:
select grape:


    Help us improve travel information to your favorite region...

Winery Sponsors

Winery sponsors of Appellation America’s coverage of the Mount Harlan appellation.